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NHL Game Preview - Lightning underdogs vs Sharks at San Jose

Tampa Bay LightningSan Jose Sharks
Dec 21, 10:30 PM | HP Pavilion

Tampa Bay Lightning vs San Jose Sharks Odds

14-16-2TEAM RECORD17-10-3

The San Jose Sharks will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Tampa Bay Lightning invade HP Pavilion on Wednesday.

San Jose battles the Lightning, currently with a 14-16-2 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 15-15 for the Sharks and 19-12-1 for the Lightning.

View Tampa Bay vs San Jose Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as +-185 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 5.5 for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Sharks at No. 6 and the Lightning at No. 24 heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up San Jose's No. 11-ranked offense (2.9 goals per game) against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 27 at 3.3 goals per game allowed. The Sharks powerplay has clicked at a 17.9% rate while the Lightning have a 81.2% rate on the penalty kill.

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 3-2 winner as they battled the Blue Jackets on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Lightning at +106 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

In their last action, San Jose was a 3-2 winner at home against the Oilers. Bettors on San Jose at -178 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Tampa Bay Lightning Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing St. Louis are 4-6
After playing Columbus are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

San Jose Sharks Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Toronto are 4-6
After playing Edmonton are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

A few Lightning at Sharks trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games when playing on the road against San Jose
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
San Jose is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
San Jose is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Jose's last 7 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
San Jose is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Colorado, Friday, December 23
San Jose home to Los Angeles, Friday, December 23

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