The Chicago Blackhawks have already paid off against the San Jose Sharks once on the NHL betting lines this season as those Western Conference clubs hit the ice together for a second time on Friday.
Chicago knocked off San Jose 5-3 as a road underdog in the first meeting of the season between those teams on February 5, with the Blackhawks and Sharks now having split their last 10 meetings 5-5. The OVER/UNDER has gone 7-3 for bettors in their last 10 matchups.
The Blackhawks sport records of 10-0-3 heading into this matchup, while the Sharks sit at 7-3-3 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 4-9 for the Blackhawks and 4-8-1 for the Sharks.
Bettors looking to side with the Blackhawks in this one found them earlier as -142 favorites on the NHL money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 5.5 at its open earlier today at GTbets and may have moved.
This game matches up the No. 4 (Blackhawks) and the No. 1 (Sharks) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Chicago's No. 3-ranked offense (3.4 goals per game) against a Sharks defense that ranks No. 6 at 2.2 goals per game allowed. The Blackhawks powerplay has clicked at a 18.2% rate while the Sharks have a 87% rate on the penalty kill.
The Sharks were a 1-0 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Predators. That made winners of bettors who got Nashville at +101 on the moneyline, while the total score (1) was good news for UNDER bettors.
Last time out for Chicago, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Ducks at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Ducks at +145 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.
San Jose Sharks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Toronto are 4-6
After playing Nashville are 5-5
After a loss are 1-9
Chicago Blackhawks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Edmonton are 5-5
After playing Anaheim are 9-1
After a loss are 6-4
A few Sharks at Blackhawks trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of San Jose's last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Jose's last 5 games when playing on the road against Chicago
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Jose's last 7 games when playing Chicago
San Jose is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games when playing Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chicago's last 5 games at home
Chicago is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against San Jose
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chicago's last 11 games
Chicago is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
San Jose at St. Louis, Tuesday, February 19
Chicago home to Los Angeles, Sunday, February 17