Blackhawks vs Sharks NHL Week 26 Odds, Preview, and Pick

Blackhawks vs Sharks NHL Week 26 Odds, Preview, and Pick

Written by on March 28, 2019

The Chicago Blackhawks head to San Jose to battle the Sharks knowing that the only way to salvage their season is to upset the apple cart for other teams. The Blackhawks won’t make the playoffs. But, a victory as a huge NHL betting odds dog on Thursday in San Jose would definitely give their fans something to think about. Can the Blackhawks pull it off?

Blackhawks vs Sharks NHL Week 26 Odds, Preview, and Pick

Why Chicago Blackhawks are a good bet to win at +185?

Chicago is only 16-19-3 in away games this season. They can win a game on the road once in a while, though. In fact, they’ve won 3 out of their last 5 on the road.

They beat Dallas 2-1 on March 9, Toronto 5-4 on March 13, and Montreal 2-0 on March 16. The Blackhawks aren’t on San Jose’s level, which is why they’re such huge underdogs in tonight’s matchup. However, considering they’ve had success on the road in their last 10 games, they’re worth a look to pull off the upset.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Goals For: 3.2
  • Shots For: 32.6
  • Power Plays: 20.6%
  • Face-Offs: 49.4%
Defense:
  • Goals Against: 3.6
  • Shots Against: 34.6
  • Penalty Kills: 73.1%
  • Shutouts: 3

Why San Jose Sharks are a good bet to win at -222?

The San Jose Sharks have a devastating home record at 23-9-3-2. San Jose has been one of the most consistent teams in NHL this season. They currently have 95 points and are only 6 points behind Pacific Division leading Calgary.

The last time the Sharks faced the Blackhawks, they dominated 5-2. What’s interesting is that San Jose was the dog in that match. Because it happened in March this year, there’s no reason to believe San Jose doesn’t beat Chicago again on Thursday night.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Goals For: 3.5
  • Shots For: 33.3
  • Power Plays: 23.7%
  • Face-Offs: 50.4%
Defense:
  • Goals Against: 3.1
  • Shots Against: 28.5
  • Penalty Kills: 79.6%
  • Shutouts: 4

NHL Hockey Betting Trends for Chicago Blackhawks at San Jose Sharks

  • Blackhawks are 1-4 in their last 5 overall
  • Blackhawks are 2-8 in their last 10 in fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation
  • Sharks are 7-1 in their last 8 versus the Central Division
  • Sharks are 7-3 in their last 10 home games versus a team with a losing road record

Blackhawks vs Sharks Final NHL Betting Analysis

San Jose’s the team to beat based on the trends, but the Sharks appear to be in dire straights right now. San Jose has lost 6 straight heading into this match. What’s really disturbing is how the Sharks lost to teams they should have dominated like Anaheim and Detroit. San Jose also lost to the L.A. Kings.

Chicago hasn’t played much better, losing to Philadelphia, Colorado, and Arizona in 3 of their last 4, but the Blackhawks offer way too much value in this match. There’s a chance San Jose could dominate the Blackhawks. Taking -222 on a team that’s lost 6 straight doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Backing a team offering odds to beat their reeling rival does make sense.

NHL Free Pick: Chicago Blackhawks +185