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San Jose Tampa Bay Betting Preview

Tampa Bay Lightning

San Jose Sharks
14-7-0 November 21, 2013, 10:30 PM | SAP Center 13-3-5

NHL wagering interest swings to the San Jose vs Tampa Bay battle on Thursday at SAP Center as the Sharks try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

This season the Sharks are 13-3-5 overall while the Lightning are 14-7-0. As for the totals, San Jose is 10-10-1 on the OU, and Tampa Bay is 9-11-1.

View Tampa Bay Lightning vs San Jose Sharks Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Sharks in this one found them earlier as -215 Favorite on the NHL money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 5.5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

This game puts the Sharks, most recently No. 3 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Lightning, who rate a No. 7 in the latest survey.

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 5-2 loser as they battled the Kings on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Kings at -152 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

San Jose lost its last outing, a 5-1 result against the Blackhawks on November 17. Bettors who backed the Blackhawks at -115 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up San Jose's No. 4-ranked offense (3.43 goals per game) against a Lightning defense that ranks No. 13 at 2.62 goals per game allowed. The Sharks powerplay has clicked at a 20.65% rate while the Lightning have a 84.21% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Anaheim, Friday, November 22nd
San Jose home to New Jersey, Saturday, November 23rd