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Sharks Have Grounded the Lightning in Recent Matchups

Many were forecasting this matchup as a potential Stanley Cup final but considering how the Lightning have played without Steven Stamkos, it’s possible they don’t even make the playoffs. They’ve gone .500 during their West Coast road trip and can cap off their California swing on a winning note with a victory in San Jose tonight.

SHARK BITES
  • The Lightning are 4-11 SU in their last 15 games against the Sharks.
  • The Sharks are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games after a win.
  • The total has gone OVER in 3 of the Sharks' last 4 games at home.

The Sharks have been on the winning side of this battle of the beaches in recent years and own a 7-2-1 record against the Bolts in their last 10 meetings. Much of this success can be tracked back to their power play, which has operated at a 27.78 percent efficiency in those matchups.

San Jose’s power play this year, however, is operating at a dismal 16.8 percent clip and Tampa has more goals than any other team on the man advantage. This game will more than likely come down to who is more efficient on special teams.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs San Jose Sharks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

San Jose will face the 21-20-5 Lightning. In totals betting, the Sharks are 10-21-14 in over under betting so far this season while the Tampa Bay Lightning are 22-19-5. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and San Jose vs Tampa Bay injuries news.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the San Jose Sharks at No. 17 and the Tampa Bay Lightning at No. 16 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the San Jose Sharks No. 18-ranked offense (2.67 goals per game) against a Tampa Bay Lightning defense that ranks No. 22 at 2.93 goals per game allowed. The Sharks powerplay has clicked at a 16.08% rate while the Lightning have a 80.25% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Lightning were a 2-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Ducks. That made winners of bettors who got Anaheim at -158 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for OVER bettors.

San Jose won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Kings on January 18. Bettors who backed the Sharks at +124 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent PUSH bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • Tampa Bay is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Tampa Bay is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
  • Tampa Bay is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games on the road
  • San Jose is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • San Jose is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • San Jose is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games at home
  • San Jose is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Tampa Bay at Arizona, Saturday, January 21st
San Jose home to Colorado, Saturday, January 21st

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