Anaheim Ducks (12-22-7) vs. San Jose Sharks (18-18-4)
Two teams looking to get back into the win column square off when the Anaheim Ducks take on the San Jose Sharks on Monday. San Jose lost to Los Angeles on Saturday, 4-2. The Ducks fell at home on Sunday to Colorado for the second straight time, 4-1.
San Jose is favored at -190. The odds for Anaheim are set at +163. Anaheim defeated San Jose the last time these teams met, back on April 6, 5-1. San Jose is 6-2-2 in the last 10 meetings. Anaheim is 4-5-1 of the last 10 meetings.
Ducks Swept at HomeThe Anaheim Ducks lost their second straight game at home to Colorado on Sunday, 4-1. Jamie Drysdale had the only goal for the Ducks. John Gibson took the loss, stopping 33 of 37 shots.
Anaheim is 30th in goals per game at 2.22 and is 24th in goals allowed at 3.20 per contest. The shooting percentage for the Ducks is 8.2%, 30th overall. The power-play is the worst in the NHL at 11.2% and they are 22nd in penalty killing at 77.1%.
With Gibson going on Sunday, it will be Ryan Miller on Monday. Miller is 3-8-1 with a 3.60 GAA and a .882 save percentage. He allowed five goals in his last start and has allowed 15 total over his last five starts.
Max Comtois and Adam Henrique lead this team in goals, tied with 11 each. Comtois is the leading scorer with just 23 points. Center Isac Lundestrom had an appendectomy on Saturday and will be out indefinitely for Anaheim.
Three Goal Second Dooms San JoseLos Angeles broke open a 1-1 tie with three second-period goals on their way to a 4-2 victory over San Jose. Dylan Gambrell and Tim Meier each scored for the Sharks. Martin Jones left in the second period after giving up his fourth goal of the game. He stopped at just 15 shots.
Sharks drop tonight's game but wrap up the season series 6-2-0 against the Kings. pic.twitter.com/meHPt9xKDo— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) April 11, 2021
San Jose is averaging 2.70 goals per game while allowing 3.28 per contest, 28th overall. They are 21st in shooting percentage at 9.0%. The power-play is 24th at 17.7% and they are 13th in penalty killing at 80.3%.
Jones will be back in net on Monday. He is 15-9-2 with a 3.11 GAA a .903 save percentage. The veteran has alternated in his last four games, giving up two goals and then four, so he is scheduled to get up two goals in this game.
Evander Kane is the leading scorer on the team with 16 goals, 19 assists, and 35 points. Logan Couture is second with 26 points and he is second with 14 goals.
- 17-37 in their last 54 games.
- 3-8 in their last 11 games on the road.
- 4-9 in their last 13 games against teams with a losing record.
San Jose Sharks:
- 5-1 in their last six games when playing on one day’s rest.
- 4-1 in their last five games on Monday.
- 5-2 in their last seven games.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
With Anaheim playing on Sunday and having to come back to play on Monday, this already gives San Jose a major edge. Plus, Anaheim is not a very good team and they have Miller going who was shelled in his last outing. It is true that Jones did not look very good in his last performance either, but he is the better of the two goaltenders.
The Sharks are 6-2 in the last eight meetings between these teams and are 15-6 in the last 21 meetings in San Jose. Take the Sharks all day.
Full-Game Total Pick
Surprisingly, the total is set at 5.5 for this game. While I agree that neither of these teams are very good offensively – in fact, they both stink – this is a battle of two struggling goaltenders. Miller got rocked in his last start and has not looked great over the last month. Jones was also handled in his last start.
These teams have gone over in three of the last five meetings in San Jose. The Sharks have gone over in five of their last six games at home and have gone over in four of their last five games when playing on one day’s rest. I really like the over here.
Take San Jose to win, 4-2.