Sharks @ Penguins
The Sharks head to Pittsburgh after a wild came in Carolina. San Jose took the Hurricanes to overtime, and it was completely unexpected. The Hurricanes are dominant at home, and four goals from the Sharks was an impressive performance. However, Carolina took over in OT, and Martin Necas netted one in 55 seconds.
Now they head up to Pittsburgh to take on a team that’s been waffling. The Penguins continue to slip in the standings, but they hope to have an easy spot here welcoming the Sharks to PPG Paints Arena.
Due to the back-to-back, the Sharks will have Kaapo Kahkonen in between the pipes, and as bad as San Jose has been this season, he has been even worse. Kahkonen’s save percentage is under ninety, and he enters play with a record of 5-9-3-1.
The Penguins should be able to take advantage of him and net more than a few. One man to look out for is Rickard Rakell. Having spent ten years in the Pacific Division, Rakell is quite familiar with the Sharks, and he has four goals over his last four against San Jose.
Penguins will be the predators tonight.
Pittsburgh -1.5 (+100)
Over 6.5 (-110)
Rakell Anytime Goal (+205)
Tanners Pick: Jason Zucker Anytime Goal (+250)
Coyotes @ Ducks
After a visit to Arizona on Tuesday, the Ducks welcome the Coyotes to The Pond.
The Ducks hold an edge on the Coyotes in the battle to the bottom for Bedard, but they could be tied after this game.
Anaheim has been playing great hockey of late, winning three of their last four games and scoring 18 goals in that stretch.
However, Arizona has put up a couple of impressive wins as well. They took care of Vegas 4-1 and St. Louis 5-0 on Thursday. They have looked solid, but those wins came at home, and the Coyotes have been horrid on the road, — 6-20-1-2.
It’s always an entertaining meeting when these former division rivals meet, but having the added bonus of playing at home this time, the Ducks should roll as they did earlier in the week.
Trevor Zegras Anytime Goal (+184)