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Tampa Bay Lightning vs San Jose Sharks Preview

San Jose Sharks

Tampa Bay Lightning
30-12-6 January 18, 2014, 02:00 PM | St. Pete Times Forum 28-15-5

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

The Lightning currently sport a record of 28-15-5. The Sharks are 30-12-6. Betting totals have seen the Lightning post a 20-25-3 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Sharks have gone 22-22-4 against the number.

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

Hockey odds makers at 5Dimes opened the Lightning as 114 moneyline underdogs in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 5.5 at BetOnline.

The Lightning sit at No. 7 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Sharks sit at a No. 11 on the same chart.

San Jose won its last outing, a 3-0 result against the Panthers on January 16. Bettors who backed the Sharks at -141 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 2-1 loser as they battled the Islanders at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Islanders at +142 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 11-ranked offense, averaging 2.85 goals per game, against a Sharks defense that ranks No. 7 at 2.44 goals allowed. The Lightning power play is averaging 17.18% while the Sharks defense kills off 83.87% of their penalties.

A few Sharks at Lightning trends to consider:
San Jose is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Jose's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Jose's last 5 games on the road
San Jose is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
Tampa Bay is 2-7-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing San Jose
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing San Jose

Next up:
San Jose home to Calgary, Monday, January 20th
Tampa Bay at Carolina, Sunday, January 19th