San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks Game 1 NHL Betting Preview
Posted by: Charlie Smith
This Thursday night, NHL online betting players can tune in for the San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks matchup. Both teams will be vying to kick off their postseason action on a high note. Let’s take a look at which team the evening’s sports parlay odds are pegging as the favorite.
San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks – Thursday, April 12th
When: 10:30 pm ET
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, California
TV: USA Network
Stream: USA Live
NHL Online Betting Odds:
San Jose Sharks
The Sharks turned in a highly successful 45-27-10 record to finish 3rd in the Pacific Division. Things were extremely competitive in the Pacific this season, with the top-3 teams all being within 9-points of one another. The Vegas Golden Knights ended up 1st with 109 on the year followed by the Anaheim Ducks’ 101 and finally the Sharks who finished with 100-points on the year. Surprisingly, the Sharks finished the year on a rather low note. In fact, San Jose posted a meager 1-5 record through their final 6-games. This has caused some concern for San Jose fans, since a performance like that in this series will get you sent home. But since the Sharks posted a 3-1 record through 4 games against Anaheim this season, Sharks fans are confident they’re team can advance past the Ducks.
Players to Watch: Brent Burns (12 G, 55 A, 67 PTS), Joe Pavelski (22 G, 44 A, 66 PTS), and Logan Couture (34 G, 27 A, 61 PTS).
The Ducks are pegged as the NHL online betting favorites in this one, but not by much. This isn’t all that surprising, considering the high note Anaheim closed out the year on. Specifically, Anaheim closed the year out riding a 5-game winning streak. Now the club will be looking to extend that streak into the playoffs by picking off the struggling Sharks. Anaheim will get the home ice advantage through the 1st two games, which should be enough to take care of the Sharks. After all, the Ducks come in with the better defense, which ended up ranked as the 3rd best in the NHL.
Players to Watch: Rickard Rakell (34 G, 35 A, 69 PTS), Ryan Getzlaf (11 G, 50 A, 61 PTS), and Corey Perry (17 G, 32 A, 49 PTS).
San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks Betting Predictions
San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks Picks
So which way should sportsbook players lean in Thursday’s San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks matchup? Accounting for each teams’ recent trends, it’s clear that bettors should stick with the Ducks. The fact that the money line isn’t favoring them all that heavily only makes them an even more lucrative option this evening. The vig on the spread and TOTALS line make them lesser options in this one. Sign up now to make this prediction on the NHL playoffs!
Score Prediction: 4-2 Anaheim. The Ducks get the job done at home to take an early lead in this postseason series. The TOTAL will be OVER and Anaheim will cover the spread.