Don't miss out on the NHL showdown between the Maple Leafs and Sharks. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on NBCS, and it's hosted by the Sharks at SAP Center in San Jose, CA. Get ready to place your bets! The Maple Leafs are the favorites in this non-conference matchup against Sharks. The over/under for the game is set at 6 goals.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS VS SAN JOSE SHARKS BETTING PICK

The Pick: San Jose Sharks +1.5

This game will be played at SAP Center at 7:00 ET on Saturday, January 6th.

WHY BET THE SAN JOSE SHARKS:

  • 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 puck line, we like Sharks (+1.5)

Will Toronto Shock Everyone at SAP Center?

In their 36 games, the Maple Leafs have a 19-10-7 record this season. While playing at their home arena, they have a 9-7-2 record, and their record on the road is 10-3-5. At the moment, they hold the 3rd spot in the Eastern Atlantic division and are ranked 6th in the Eastern conference.

Analyzing their performance against the puck line, Toronto has a 11-25 record. On the road they are 5-13 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is6-12. This season, Toronto's games have an average of 6.9 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.6. The Maple Leafs come in with an over/under performance of 19-16-1.

Across the Maple Leafs last three road games, the team averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 2. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 1-2, while going 2-1 straight-up.

Offensively, the Maple Leafs come into the game at 3.5 goals per contest placing 10th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 12th position in the league. Toronto's offense comes into the game ranked 13th in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 14th in the NHL.

The leading scorer for Toronto's offense is Auston Matthews. Coming into the game he has 30 goals, ranking 1st in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Matthews has 15 assists this season.

The Sharks' defense comes into the game with a ranking of 22nd in takeaways and an average of 5.9 takeaways per contest. They hold 2nd place in the NHL for goals allowed, with an average of 3.8 goals given up per game.

Goalie Martin Jones gets the start and has made eight starts this season. His record at this point is 6-3, and his save percentage is 0.4019607843137255%.

Will the Sharks Secure A Victory as Home Underdogs?

So far this season, the Sharks have an overall record of 9-27-3. On the road, San Jose is 3-16-1 and 6-11-2 at home. At the moment, they hold the 8th spot in the Western Pacific division and are ranked 16th in the Western conference.

Against the puck line, San Jose is 15-24. Their road puck line record so far is 6-14 while sitting 9-10 at home against the puckline. For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring San Jose is 6.1. The season's average over/under line is currently at 6.3. The Sharks come in with an over/under record of 15-21-3.

Through their last three home contests, the Sharks offense has averaged 2 goals per game while allowing an average of 5. San Jose posted an overall record of 0-3 while going 0-3 ATS.

For their offensive performance, the Sharks come in averaging 2 goals per game this season, which is 32nd in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 32nd in the league. This season, the Sharks are 1-1 when getting more shots on goal than their opponents. And in games with fewer shots on goal, they have a 8-25 record.

San Jose's current leading scorer is Tomas Hertl. This season, he has 13 goals, which puts him 69th in the NHL. Hertl also comes into the game with 15 assists.

Coming into the game, the Sharks' defense is 22nd in takeaways at 5.9 takeaways per contest. Overall, they are giving up 3.8 goals per game which is 2nd in the NHL.

Goalie Kaapo Kahkonen comes into the game having made 16 starts this season. So far, his record is 5-11 and he has a save percentage of 0.7352941176470589%.