Sharks at Flames 12/31/18 - NHL Picks & Predictions
The San Jose Sharks are a team that has been having a halfway decent season. The issue the Sharks have had the is the free agent signings this off season had to gel with rest of the team. The team has gelled and the Sharks are really starting to look like a great hockey team and that would definitely help explain their record on the season of 21-12-4. The sharks are facing another top team in the Pacific Division in the Flames here and on the road where the Sharks are playing now they haven't been that good as their record of 9-8-2 on the road this season reflects.
Now, the Sharks are riding a two-game win streak as the Sharks beat the Edmonton Oilers 7-4 in the last game. Offensively, the Sharks are able to score right around 3.38 goals per game on the season. On the defensive side of the puck the sharks are playing really well as they are only giving up 2.95 goals a game so far this year. When on the power play the Sharks have ended up converting on the powerplay 22.7%. The Sharks have ended up being able to kill off the opponents powerplay at 84.3%.
Calgary is a team has been able to come in and really shock this year with how they've been playing. An issue for the Flames right now is the fact that they actually ended up losing a game recently to the Vancouver Canucks. Now, it does not seem like a shocking loss as the Canucks have been a team that has been playing decent in the past, but this season the Canucks are like one of those teams that almost every team has been able to beat. Still the Flames lost the game by a score of 3-2.
On the season so far the Flames have been able to convert on the goal scoring at a rate of 3.41 a game. Defensively, the Flames have managed to keep the opponent 2.69 goals a game. When the Flames are play on the power play they have converted at a rate of 21%. What's good is the penalty kill has been killing off 80.2% the opponent's power plays.
Heading into this game the Flames are going to be looking to bounce back from the loss to the Canucks. Helping the Flames out in this game is the fact the Sharks are not a good road tean at all that are near the 500 mark. The Flames also have a decent offense and should show up big in this game as they're going to be looking to score more goals and what they did against the Canucks. Look for the Flames defense to show up decent against the Sharks offense which has been good but has had some struggles and is sometimes inconsistent on the season. Final Score Prediction, Calgary Flames win 3-2.