The Sharks and Penguins are set to face off at 7:00 ET on NBCS. The Penguins will host the game at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. The odds for this non-conference game currently have the Penguins as the -1.5 favorite, with the over/under line sitting at 6 goals.

SAN JOSE SHARKS VS PITTSBURGH PENGUINS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5

This game will be played at PPG Paints Arena at 7:00 ET on Thursday, March 14th.

WHY BET THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS:

  • According to our analysis, we anticipate the Penguins to win this one with a projected score of 4-2.
  • Take the Penguins on the moneyline
  • The Penguins should also cover at -1.5

Can San Jose Pull Out the Win as Road Underdogs?

San Jose enters the game with a record of 16-41-7, putting them in 8th place in the Pacific Division and 16th in the Western Conference. On the road, the Sharks have gone just 6-22-4 this season and have lost two straight games away from home. Over their last ten games, San Jose has gone just 1-9, and they have a record of 1-4 in their last five games and 1-2 in their last three.

As the underdog, San Jose has gone 16-41-7 this season and has not been favored in any of their 64 games. Against Western Conference opponents, the Sharks have gone 8-27 this season.

San Jose enters the game with an overall puck line record of 31-33 and has gone 5-5 over their last ten games. Their average scoring differential for the season sits at -1.8 goals per game.

So far, the Sharks have lost 33 games by more than one goal compared to just 15 by a single goal. On the road, San Jose's puck line record is at 16-16, and they have gone 9-1 over their last ten games on the road.

This season, San Jose's games are averaging 6.2 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.2. The Sharks currently have an over/under record of 28-33-3.

In their last three road games, San Jose has averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 3. The team's record in this stretch was 0-3 while going 3-0.

When looking at their offense, the Sharks have an average of 2.2 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 32nd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 32nd in the league. Coming into the game, the Sharks have a 1-3 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 14-37.

The leading scorer for San Jose's offense is Fabian Zetterlund. Coming into the game he has 16 goals, ranking 136th in the NHL. Zetterlund also comes into the game with 14 assists.

In terms of defense, the Penguins head into the game ranked 18th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.2 shots per game against Pittsburgh. So far, they are 1st in shutouts, achieving 7 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Pittsburgh, goalie Magnus Chrona has started five games in this season. His current record is 1-3, and his save percentage stands at 0.321%.

Will the Penguins Secure A Victory as Home Favorites?

At home this season, the Penguins are 16-12-4, and they have lost four straight games. In the Eastern Conference, Pittsburgh is in 13th place and 7th in the Metropolitan Division. Overall, the Penguins are 28-28-9.

When favored, Pittsburgh has gone 19-16-6 this year, and they have lost two straight games when they are the favorite. Over their last ten games, the Penguins have gone just 3-7, and they have dropped three straight games.

At home this season, the Penguins have a puck line record of 14-18, and their average scoring margin at home is +.1 goals per game. So far, Pittsburgh has been favored in 40 of their games, and their puck line record as the favorite is 15-25.

Overall, the Penguins have 19 wins by multiple goals and 18 losses by multiple goals. In their last ten games at home, Pittsburgh's puck line record is 3-7, and their puck line losing streak at home is at two games.

This season, Pittsburgh's games are averaging 5.7 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.3. The Penguins currently have an over/under record of 24-35-5.

San Jose has a 0-3 record in their last three road games. In this stretch, they averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 3. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 3-0.

For their offensive performance, the Penguins come in averaging 2.8 goals per game this season, which is 26th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 7th in the league. In terms of the Penguins' offense during power plays, they are 28th in power play goals and 25th in shorthanded goals.

Pittsburgh will be looking for a good game from Sidney Crosby who leads the team in scoring with 32 goals, ranking 17th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 32 assists so far.

The Penguins defense is currently 18th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.2 shots per game against Pittsburgh. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 1st with 7 shutouts.

Goalie Tristan Jarry gets the start and has made 44 starts this season. His record at this point is 18-21, and his save percentage is 0.917%.