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02/11 - San Jose Sharks @ Vancouver Canucks
Pick: San Jose Sharks 3-Way ML (in regulation) -105
The Sharks are red-hot coming into this one as they've won 5 straight games and 12 of their last 15. They're playing the last game of a successful road trip during which the've taken down the Jets, Flames, and Oilers and they'll be looking for the sweep tonight (for context, the Jets and Flames are on top of the league while the Oilers are in a similar position as the Canucks as both Edmonton and Vancouver are out of playoff positions right now). San Jose's offense has looked untouchable recently and they've scored a whopping 23 goals on their five-game win streak. They've been solid on the other end too allowing 2 goals in each of their last 4 games (keep in mind two of these were against the Flames' and Jets' high-powered offenses which is pretty impressive), and I don't think Vancouver has the firepower to keep up with the Jets' 3rd-ranked offense. The Nucks beat the Flames in a shootout on Saturday but they always come out to play against Calgary as they're big rivals, and looking past that game Vancouver had lost three in a row before that, scoring just 6 goals total in those games. They got shutout in a 4-0 loss in San Jose earlier this season and given how well the Sharks have been playing I don't think they'll be able to break the streak. San Jose's won 4 straight games away from home and I expect them to keep rolling here against a Nucks team that's dropped 5 of their last 6 games against teams with winning records.
Martin Jones will get the start in net tonight and he's won 4 straight starts and has done well in his career against Vancouver, winning 7 of his 9 starts against them with a 1.66 GAA. Meanwhile, Jacob Markstrom will mind the net for the Nucks and he's lost three of his last four starts and has struggled against San Jose in the past, losing 5 of 7 career starts against them with a 3.74 GAA in those contests.