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Sharks Make First Trip To Pittsburgh Since Stanley Cup

After an embarrassing night on the town in the Big Apple, the Sharks head to more modest parts of the East Coast to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight in the first rematch of last year’s Stanley Cup final. The Pens and Sharks have started out 2-1-1 and 3-1-0, respectively.

SHARK BITES
  • The Sharks are 2-5 in their last 7 games against the Penguins.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the Sharks' last 6 games against the Penguins.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the Penguins' last 8 games against teams with winning records.

Marc-Andre Fleury and Martin Jones are listed as the probable starters right now but it’s possible they both get the night off after combining to allow nine goals in their last outings. The Pens’ No. 1 netminder has started all four games for the defending Cup champs so far and – like Martin Jones – is due for a night off.

Mike Condon is second in line on the Penguins’ depth chart in the wake of the Matt Murray injury and is the most likely candidate to get the start tonight. Condon was the man for the Canadiens last season when Carey Price went down and posted a below-average 21-25 record and .908 save percentage.

Although It’s tough to make predictions based on prior meetings, these teams posted UNDERs in all but one of their six games in the Stanley Cup final and because of that, there is likely to be some value on the OVER. Bettors are heavily influenced by recency bias but with two backup tendies possibly in line for the starts tonight against offenses that generated a combined 61 shots per game last year, this one could get ugly.

San Jose Sharks vs Pittsburgh Penguins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Pittsburgh Penguins sport a record of 2-1-1 heading into this matchup, while the San Jose Sharks sit at 3-1-0 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 1-1-2 for the Penguins and 1-3 for the Sharks. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs San Jose injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 1 (Pittsburgh Penguins) and the No. 2 (San Jose Sharks) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 26-ranked offense, averaging 2.25 goals per game, against a Sharks defense that ranks No. 17 at 3 goals allowed. The Penguins power play is averaging 22.22% while the Sharks defense kills off 62.5% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

San Jose won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Islanders on October 18. Bettors who backed the Sharks at -104 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Pittsburgh lost its last outing, a 4-0 result against the Canadiens on October 18. Bettors who backed the Canadiens at -125 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • San Jose is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • San Jose is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Jose's last 5 games
  • San Jose is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 6-13 ATS in its last 19 games
  • Pittsburgh is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
  • Pittsburgh is 1-10 ATS in its last 11 games at home
  • Pittsburgh is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

San Jose at Detroit, Saturday, October 22nd
Pittsburgh at Nashville, Saturday, October 22nd

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