The Sharks and Maple Leafs are set to face off at 7:00 ET on NBCS. The Maple Leafs will host the game at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON. The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 6 goals, and the Maple Leafs are favored to win at home against the Sharks.

SAN JOSE SHARKS VS TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Toronto Maple Leafs -1.5

This game will be played at Scotiabank Arena at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, January 9th.

WHY BET THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS:

  • The Maple Leafs enter this game as 1.5-goal favorites and in our projections and we anticipate them winning by a score of 4-3.
  • Take the Maple Leafs on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Sharks (+1.5)

Do the Sharks Have What it Takes in Toronto?

San Jose has struggled mightily this season, coming into this game with a record of 9-28-3, which puts them in 16th place in the Western Conference. In their last ten games, the Sharks have lost ten straight games, and they have dropped eleven games in a row overall. On the road, San Jose is just 3-16-1.

Over their last five games, the Sharks have gone 0-5, and they have been the underdog in all forty of their games this season. In games against Western Conference foes, San Jose has gone just 4-18.

San Jose enters this game with a puck line record of 15-25 this season and has gone 1-9 against the puck line in their last ten games. So far, the Sharks have lost 25 games by multiple goals compared to just six by one goal.

On the road, San Jose has a puck line record of 6-14, and their average scoring margin away from home is at -2.4 goals per game. In their last ten road games, the Sharks have gone 6-4 against the puck line.

This season, San Jose's games have an average of 6.1 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.3. The Sharks come in with an over/under performance of 15-22-3.

Although San Jose has a straight up record of 0-3 in their last three road games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 0-3. The team averaged 2 goals per game in these games.

On the offensive side, the Sharks are scoring an 2 goals per game this season, ranking 32nd in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 32nd in the league. Looking at how the Sharks' offense is performing during power plays, they are 25th in power play goals and 29th in shorthanded goals.

San Jose's current leading scorer is Tomas Hertl. This season, he has 13 goals, which puts him 74th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Hertl has 15 assists this season.

In terms of defense, the Maple Leafs head into the game ranked 19th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 31.4 shots per game against Toronto. So far, they are 6th in shutouts, achieving 3 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Mackenzie Blackwood has started 23 games this season. His current record stands at 4-16, and his save percentage is 0.922%.

Can Toronto Lock in a Home Win?

At home, the Maple Leafs have gone 9-7-2 this season and are 20-10-7 overall. In the Eastern Conference, Toronto is in 5th place and 3rd in the Atlantic Division. Over their last three games, the Maple Leafs have won three straight and are 3-0 in their last five games. As the favorite, Toronto has gone 17-8-6 this season.

So far, Toronto has been favored in 31 of their 37 games and are on a two-game winning streak as the favorite. Against other Eastern Conference teams, the Maple Leafs are 10-13 and have gone 6-7 in divisional matchups. Overall, Toronto has 47 points on the season.

When favored, the Maple Leafs have gone just 7-24 against the puck line this season, including 5-5 in their last 10 games at home. Overall, Toronto's puck line record is just 12-25, and they have 10 wins by multiple goals compared to 10 wins by just one goal.

So far this season, the Maple Leafs have an average scoring margin of +.4 goals per game, and their average scoring differential at home is just +.2 goals per game. In their last ten games at home, Toronto has gone just 5-5 against the puck line.

This season, Toronto's games are averaging 6.8 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.5. The Maple Leafs currently have an over/under record of 19-17-1.

Although San Jose has a straight up record of 0-3 in their last three road games, they have not held up as well vs the puck line going 0-3. The team averaged 2 goals per game in these games.

For their offensive performance, the Maple Leafs come in averaging 3.5 goals per game this season, which is 12th in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 12th in the league. This season, the Maple Leafs have a 9-4 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 10-5 record.

Toronto will be looking for a good game from Auston Matthews who leads the team in scoring with 30 goals, ranking 1st in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 15 assists so far.

The Maple Leafs defense is currently 19th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 31.4 shots per game against Toronto. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 6th with 3 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. San Jose, goalie Martin Jones has started nine games in this season. His current record is 7-3, and his save percentage stands at 0.417%.