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NHL Team Focus: San Jose Sharks

Brent Burns San Jose Sharks NHL

With the NHL All-Star Game fast approaching and the first half of the season in the rearview mirror, it has been somewhat of a bizarre season for fans and bettors of the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks have had a serious identity crisis this season which has culminated in one of the best road records up to this point (16-6-2), but also one of the worst home records in the league (8-12-1).

One thing that hockey bettors would have noticed transpiring throughout the course of the season is that the Sharks have turned into the top OVER wager in the league. Heading into Friday’s hockey schedule, the Sharks own an OVER/UNDER record of 26-16-3 through their first 45 games.

The Sharks have no problem filling the net, averaging 2.84 goals scored per game – good enough for fifth in the NHL up to this point. As with any hot NHL OVER wager, however, the Sharks have been having trouble keeping the puck out of their own net as they rank in the bottom 10 of the league in goals allowed per game at 2.69.

OVER has been especially hot when they play at home in the Shark Tank, where it has gone 13-6-2 in 21 games season to date, while going a still-respectable 13-10-1 in 23 games on the road.

December was a particularly strong month for scores eclipsing the total in Sharks’ games. In San Jose’s 13 games that month, the OVER cashed in 10 of those to hit at a 76.9 percent clip.

That trend has tapered a bit in January with the Sharks’ O/U record going 4-4-1 in nine games during the month, including the UNDER cashing in Thursday’s meeting with the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale.

Due to the high-scoring games, oddsmakers have adjusted accordingly with eight of San Jose’s nine January games closing with a total of 5.5.

The Sharks return to home ice when they host the Minnesota Wild Saturday afternoon.

That great pairing of a high-scoring offense and shoddy blueline/goaltending will always have NHL totals bettors on alert for a solid OVER play. Couple that with the Sharks’ poor home record lending itself to an even better winning percentage for OVER bettors and this is a betting subplot that hockey bettors should keep their eyes on in the second half of the season.

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