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NHL: Sharks Are Winless in December

The San Jose Sharks have yet to win a game this month as they have dropped six consecutive games heading into their game against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday. Those six games in the month of December have seen the Sharks get outscored 20-9 while being shutout twice.

Shark Bites
  • The UNDER is 7-1 in the last eight games against the Canadiens and the Sharks.
  • The Canadiens will have Torrey Mitchell back in the lineup after he missed the past 10 games.
  • The visiting team is 1-11 in the past 12 games between these teams.

If Sharks fans were hoping for a miraculous recovery from Logan Couture they can just remove that thought from their minds. Couture underwent surgery to fix a bleeding artery in his thigh last week, but will not travel with the team during their upcoming five-game road trip starting Tuesday. Couture has only made an appearance in five games this season and the Sharks are just 11-13-0 without him in the lineup this season.

The Canadiens have decided to give Dustin Tokarski his third consecutive start against San Jose. It seems that Tokarski has surpassed Mike Condon as the starting goalie for the Habs with Carey Price on the shelf. Montreal is quickly coming down to earth with Price and Brendan Gallagher out of the lineup as they have just two wins in their past seven games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the visiting San Jose Sharks before puck drop in this match found them as 128 moneyline underdogs at 5Dimes. They saw an opening total of 5, according to BetOnline.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 3.6-1.7 result in favor of the Canadiens. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

San Jose Sharks vs Montreal Canadiens Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the San Jose Sharks have seen them go 14-14-1 so far this season, while the Canadiens are at 20-8-3. In totals betting, the Montreal Canadiens are 14-11-6, while the Sharks are 16-11-2. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Montreal vs San Jose injuries news.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 6-ranked Montreal Canadiens and the No. 20-rated San Jose Sharks in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Montreal's No. 2-ranked offense, averaging 3.23 goals per game, against a Sharks defense that ranks No. 17 at 2.69 goals allowed. The Canadiens power play is averaging 20.37% while the Sharks defense kills off 80.23% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for San Jose, they were a 2-0 loser as they battled the Wild at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Wild at +129 were rewarded, while the 2 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

In their last action, Montreal was a 3-1 winner at home against the Senators. Bettors on Montreal at -143 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • San Jose is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 of San Jose's last 9 games
  • San Jose is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games on the road
  • San Jose is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Montreal
  • Montreal is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montreal's last 6 games
  • Montreal is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games at home
  • Montreal is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing San Jose

Next Betting Matchups

San Jose at Toronto, Thursday, December 17th
Montreal home to Los Angeles, Thursday, December 17th