NHL Best Bet of the Day: San Jose Sharks at Anaheim Ducks

The San Jose Sharks (-152) will visit the Pacific Division rival Anaheim Ducks (+130) at 10 p.m. Eastern. They have booked their ticket to the postseason and sit second in the division behind the Calgary Flames.

Odds provided by Bet365.

By the Numbers

  • The Sharks are 20-15-3 on the road this season but have dropped their past four outings overall.
  • The Ducks are 16-14-8 at home and are 6-4-0 over their past 10 outings, having outscored their opponents 31-28.
  • In each of the past five games, the Sharks have allowed at least four goals, and have been held to just a pair of tallies in three of those contests.
  • Anaheim’s 173 goals for the season is the lowest mark in the league and its coming off a shutout loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday.

Projected Goalie Starters

Aaron Dell vs. John Gibson

Sharks starter Martin Jones allowed three goals on 34 shots in Thursday’s 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings, likely giving Dell the crease on Friday in the second half of the back-to-back. Dell surrendered seven goals on 55 combined shots over his past two outings, picking up a win and a loss.

Gibson has won four of his past five starts, giving up 12 goals while stopping at least 35 shots in three of those performances.

Key Injuries

San Jose remains without defenseman Erik Karlsson, who is listed as week-to-week with a groin injury. Center Logan Couture missed last night’s game due to an illness, while Joe Pavelski has missed two games due to a lower-body ailment. Both are day-to-day and at risk of sitting again Friday, which would leave San Jose without three of its top eight point-getters.

NHL Best Bet

Moneyline: Take San Jose (-152); 43-23-5-3 this season.

Against the spread: Ducks +1.5 (-192); Sharks have covered just 17 of 21 on the road and 32 of 42 overall. Anaheim is 19-19 ATS at home and has a record of 1-1-1-0 against San Jose this season.

Over/Under: Go under 5.5 (+110)

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