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Preds-Sharks Series All About Home Ice

Nashville Predators San Jose Sharks NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

Home-ice advantage has proven to the biggest factor in the Western Conference semifinal series between the Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks, which bodes well for the latter with Game 7 set to go at the SAP Center Thursday evening.

Shark Bites
  • The Sharks are 7-0 SU in their last seven games with two days off in between games.
  • The Sharks are 5-1 SU in their last six games after a loss.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Sharks last five games on Thursday.

Online book Bovada is presently offering the Sharks as lofty favorites in moneyline markets at -190 while the Preds come in at +165. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 5 goals is -120 and UNDER 5 goals is presently EVEN odds.

Through six games in the tightly contested series, the home team has gone 6-0 straight up putting to rest any notion that home-ice advantage is meaningless in the NHL postseason. Sharks backers haven’t had the most lucrative payouts in games in California as the Sharks have closed at -149, -164 and -160 in the three previous games and the line is currently -190 for Game 7.

The irony here is that the Sharks were not particular strong at home and closed the regular season as the league’s best road team. Of all the playoff teams, the Sharks were by far the worst on home ice during the regular season (18-20-3) while their 28-10-3 record away from home was tops.

"I know it was a big part of the story going into the postseason how our home record was,” Sharks center Joe Thornton said. “But I've loved our home game and I love the energy the crowd has been giving us. It's been great."

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the visiting Nashville Predators before puck drop in this match found them as 245 moneyline underdogs at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 5, according to BetOnline.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 3.3-2.3 victory for the Sharks. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Nashville Predators vs San Jose Sharks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Nashville Predators have seen them go 48-33-14 so far this season, while the Sharks are at 53-31-9. In totals betting, the San Jose Sharks are 48-35-10, while the Predators are 38-35-22. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and San Jose vs Nashville injuries news.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 2-ranked San Jose Sharks and the No. 4-rated Nashville Predators in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the San Jose Sharks No. 4-ranked offense (2.98 goals per game) against a Nashville Predators defense that ranks No. 13 at 2.66 goals per game allowed. The Sharks powerplay has clicked at a 23.47% rate while the Predators have a 80.14% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

Betting Trends
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Nashville's last 6 games
  • Nashville is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Nashville's last 6 games when playing San Jose
  • Nashville is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against San Jose
  • San Jose is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Jose's last 7 games
  • San Jose is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Jose's last 6 games when playing Nashville

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