New Jersey +140 at San Jose O/U 5.5
Recommendation: New Jersey
The New Jersey Devils have been playing some solid hockey on their current road trip. They’ve won three of their first four games on this current road swing and they beat three probable playoff teams in the process notching road victories at Nashville, Vegas and Los Angeles. They were a bit worn down in a 4-2 loss to Anaheim on Sunday night playing the second night of back-to-back games but the Devils have been getting better contributions offensively from players other than Taylor Hall during their recent run while the goaltending for them on most nights from Keith Kinkaid has been really good. San Jose is commanding a significant price tag here laying -160 at home and they have won 4 games in a row entering this contest but the Sharks have done that despite some key injuries on their team. Joe Thornton is out indefinitely with a knee injury, Melker Karlsson and Joonas Donskoi are both banged up and not a sure thing to play tonight and one of their most important defensemen Marc-Edouard Vlasic departed San Jose’s last game with a chest injury and is also questionable to play in this game. This is also a negative scheduling spot for the home team with San Jose returning home from a three-game trip through Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver while scoring 16 times in those three games. Their stock is soaring again but we’re not buying their recent success because it was a lot prettier on paper than it was on the ice. The Sharks last five wins were against Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Detroit and St. Louis and none of those teams have been in good form these days. New Jersey is only 3 points up on Florida for the final wildcard playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Wins are a premium for them right now and I trust New Jersey to respond with a strong effort tonight after their loss in Anaheim which should put them in a position to be a live dog tonight to win this game in San Jose against the Sharks.