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Pittsburgh Penguins vs San Jose Sharks 02/29/2020 Picks, NHL Preview and Betting Odds

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Pittsburgh Penguins vs San Jose Sharks 02-29-2020 Picks NHL Preview and Betting Odds

Pittsburgh Penguins vs San Jose Sharks 02/29/2020 –The Pittsburgh Penguins have been punished by a downward trend that has them falling to the third spot of the Metropolitan Division by virtue of a disastrous five-game losing skid. They seek a reversal when they visit the San Jose Sharks on Saturday to cap a four-game road trip. The Philadelphia Flyers surpassed the Penguins for second place in the division, now leading the latter by the slimmest of margins, after winning their last five assignments. The Washington Capitals, meanwhile, are keeping a four-point buffer over Pittsburgh at the top. The sportsbooks, though, are keeping their faith on the Penguins, tagging them as favorites on the road at -160 to win. The Sharks are placed on the underdog side tasked to defy a +140 money line price on the updated NHL Betting Odds.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs San Jose Sharks 02/29/2020

When: Saturday, February 29, 10:30 PM ET

Where: SAP Center, San Jose, California

TV: NBCSCA

Stream: SofaScore

Pittsburgh Penguins vs San Jose Sharks 02/29/2020 Betting Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Pittsburgh Penguins -1.5 (+167) 6 o (-110) -160
San Jose Sharks +1.5 (-192) 6 u (-110) +140
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Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins agonize with a five-game skid for the first time since 2012. Saturday’s clash against the Sharks will also be their last crack to avert getting swept in California after they fell against Los Angeles on Wednesday, 1-2, and Anaheim on Friday, 2-3. Long-time Shark Patrick Marleau will face his former team technically in his second return as an opponent to San Jose as he was dealt to Pittsburgh during the trade deadline. Over his two games with the Penguins, the veteran skater was a plus-1 with two shots as he has played 29:13. 

Players to watch: Sidney Crosby (GP 34, G 13, A 28, PTS 41), Bryan Rust (GP 48, G 24, A 26, PTS 50), Evgeni Malkin (GP 48, G 21, A 42, PTS 63)

San Jose Sharks

The Sharks are playing with virtually nothing to lose as they are well out of playoff contention having a 27-33-4 losing record which is second to the last in the Pacific Division. But that does not mean their guards are completely down to be battered for the remainder of the season. They even battled tooth and nail against New Jersey on Thursday, hanging tough to escape with a 3-2 win in OT over the Devils to arrest a five-game losing streak. 

Players to watch: Brent Burns (GP 64, G 12, A 31, PTS 43), Timo Meier (GP 64, G 20, A 21, PTS 41), Erik Karlsson (GP 56, G 6, A 34, PTS 40).

Pittsburgh Penguins vs San Jose Sharks Betting Predictions

Trends

Penguins

Penguins are 8-3 in their last 11 vs. Pacific.
Pittsburgh is 5-2 in their last 7 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation.
Penguins are 0-4 in their last 4 overall.
Under is 4-0 in Penguins last 4 games as a road favorite.
Over is 4-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 5 vs. Western Conference.
Under is 4-1-1 in Penguins last 6 vs. a team with a losing record.

Sharks

Sharks are 8-20 in their last 28 games as an underdog.
San Jose is 1-5 in their last 6 overall.
Sharks are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference.
Under is 6-0 in Sharks last 6 Saturday games.
Under is 5-1 in San Jose’s last 6 vs. Metropolitan.
Under is 10-4 in Sharks last 14 games playing on 1 days rest.

Penguins vs Sharks Betting Picks

The Penguins would come under siege in front of the hostile crowd that favors the Sharks. But a sixth straight defeat is something they simply would not welcome. They will be battered and bruised in this tussle but the Penguins are still going to win this game to avoid a sweep in Cali. 

Score Prediction: Penguins 3, Sharks 2.