Sharks get tough game against Hawks
The San Jose Sharks have lost four straight games against the Chicago Blackhawks in NHL betting action as those Western contenders meet in a marquee matchup on Sunday.
The Blackhawks picked up an easy win over the Sharks in their first meeting of the season on November 17, rolling to a 5-1 victory as a -115 home favorite.
Overall the Sharks are just 3-7 in their last 10 games against Chicago.
The Blackhawks bring a 29-7-8 record to the battle against the 26-10-6 Sharks. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Chicago go 25-19 so far and the Sharks go 22-16-4.
If you're going with the Blackhawks in this one, they were listed as moneyline Favorite of -142 on most hockey betting menus early today for Sunday's contest. The over-under was at 5.5 earlier at BetOnline.
The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Blackhawks at No. 1 and the Sharks at No. 11 heading into this contest.
The Sharks were a 4-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Avalanche. That made winners of bettors who got Colorado at +115 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.
In their last action, Chicago was a 5-3 winner on the road against the Devils. Bettors on Chicago at -146 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (8) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Chicago's No. 1-ranked offense (3.75 goals per game) against a Sharks defense that ranks No. 12 at 2.6 goals per game allowed. The Blackhawks powerplay has clicked at a 24.31% rate while the Sharks have a 82.14% rate on the penalty kill.
San Jose at Nashville, Tuesday, January 7th
Chicago home to New York, Wednesday, January 8th