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#19 San Jose Sharks 5.5 vs.
#20 Arizona Coyotes -130
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 9:05pm EST
Gila River Arena, Glendale
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San Jose Sharks vs Arizona Coyotes

Where: Gila River Arena

When: Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 9:00 pm ET

We have a Pacific Division NHL matchup to consider when the San Jose Sharks meet the Arizona Coyotes for game three of their four-game season series. San Jose is 1-1 against Arizona this season and enters this matchup riding a two-game winning streak. Arizona would love to end Tuesday night with a 2-1 season series lead and is hoping to end a three-game losing skid when it hosts San Jose on Tuesday night.

Sharks Two Game Winning Streak

San Jose has won three of its last five games and if the regular season were to end today, the Sharks would miss the playoffs by seven points. There is plenty of time for San Jose to make a move in the standings, but a minus twenty-seven goal differential isn’t going to get the job done. Tuesday marks the beginning of a three-game road trip and you can bet the Sharks are going to try and take a 2-1 season series lead when they face the Coyotes in this matchup.

The Sharks power-play unit is twenty-fifth in the NHL with a 16.6 percent success rate while the penalty kill unit is first in the National Hockey League with an 88.2 percent penalty kill rate this season.

Aaron Dell is scheduled to man the crease on Tuesday night and he has an 8-7-2 record with a 2.77 GAA and 91 percent save percentage. Dell stopped 28 of 29 shots on goal in a 2-1 home victory over the Dallas Stars in his last start of the season.

Arizona Three Game Losing Streak

Arizona has dropped three games and Tuesday night ends a two-game homestand. The Coyotes dropped game one of the homestand to the Pittsburgh Penguins and would like a victory at home before heading out for a three-game road trip beginning on Thursday night. If the regular season were to end today, Arizona would be the fifth seed in the Western Conference and the Coyotes are two points behind the St Louis Blues for the conference top spot.

The Coyotes power-play unit is fifteenth in the NHL with a 19.7 percent success rate while the penalty kill unit is seventh in the National Hockey League with an 82.8 percent penalty kill rate this season.

Both Antti Raanta and Darcy Kuemper are both listed as out for this matchup and Adin Hill will likely start between the pipes for the Coyotes. Hill is 1-1-1 this season with a 2.52 GAA and 92 percent save percentage. Hill stopped 31 of 34 shots faced in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Penguins in his last start of the season.

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The Coyotes should win this matchup on Tuesday night. They are 11-10-1 at home this season up against a hot Sharks team with an 8-11-3 road record. The Sharks have lost two of its last three road teams and score an average of 2.64 goals per game and that won’t be enough to get past a very good defensive mined Arizona Coyotes hockey team playing its last home game before hitting the road. I will roll with Arizona to defeat San Jose in this matchup.

Prediction: Arizona

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The goaltending is decent enough for me to consider the UNDER in this contest. Neither team is very explosive offensively and neither has strong power-play units. What both teams do have are solid penalty kill units and that is what will keep the score from exceeding the total. I will play the UNDER in this contest.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Phil Naessens , "Philly Flash"

Phil Naessens is a professional high-performance tennis coach, writer, and radio host currently based in Cleveland Ohio. Phil is also known as “Fantasy Phil” and has a high level of experience as a former professional Daily Fantasy Sports player with 18 GPP wins. He is now solely focused on sports handicapping and sports betting and has joined OUR TEAM to help everyone win on a consistent basis.