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Sharks vs Penguins Hockey Game Preview

San Jose Sharks

Pittsburgh Penguins
19-3-5 December 05, 2013, 07:00 PM | Consol Energy Centre 19-9-1

The hockey wagering menu sees a clash between Pittsburgh and San Jose on Thursday, with the host Penguins trying to win for themselves and reward bettors who back them on the moneyline.

The Penguins currently sport a record of 19-9-1. The Sharks are 19-3-5. Betting totals have seen the Penguins post a 11-16-2 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Sharks have gone 14-11-2 against the number.

View San Jose Sharks vs Pittsburgh Penguins Odds and Stats.

Hockey odds makers at 5Dimes opened the Penguins as -116 moneyline Favorite in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 5.5 at BetOnline.

The Penguins sit at No. 2 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Sharks sit at a No. 8 on the same chart.

Last time out for San Jose, they were a 4-2 winner as they battled the Maple Leafs on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Sharks at -175 were rewarded, while the 6 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Pittsburgh won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Islanders on December 3. Bettors who backed the Penguins at -160 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 6-ranked offense (3.07 goals per game) against a Sharks defense that ranks No. 6 at 2.3 goals per game allowed. The Penguins powerplay has clicked at a 26% rate while the Sharks have a 82.28% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Sharks at Penguins trends to consider:
San Jose is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Jose's last 7 games
San Jose is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
San Jose is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
Pittsburgh is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing San Jose
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing San Jose

Next up:
San Jose at Hartford , Friday, December 6th
Pittsburgh at Boston, Saturday, December 7th