San Jose Sharks at New York Rangers Betting Preview
03 December 2021
— Friday, December 03rd San Jose Sharks @ New York Rangers
A pair of streaking NHL teams are set to meet up on Friday night as the New York Rangers host the San Jose Sharks. Both the Sharks and the Rangers have been great on the defensive end of the ice, and this could be a low-scoring affair.
San Jose comes into this game having won three straight games, and all three of those have been on the road. The Sharks have picked up 27 points on the season, and they are looking like a threat to win the Western Conference.
New York comes into this game with 31 points on the year, and they are on the shortlist of Stanley Cup title betting favorites. The Rangers have won four straight games, and they have been dominant during this run.
The New York Rangers are the betting favorites on the moneyline, with odds set at -189.
Sharks Not Giving Up Goals
The San Jose Sharks are allowing just 2.61 goals per game, and great goaltending has pushed them into the playoff conversation. San Jose has killed off over 88 percent of their own penalties, and special teams will have a pretty big impact in this one.
Goaltender James Reimer has posted a record of 8-4-1 this season, and he is also giving up just 2.06 goals against per game. The Sharks are facing an offense with some momentum, but Reimer and company should be up for the task.
Scoring goals has been a challenge for the Sharks at times, and they are scoring on just 17 percent of their power-play attempts. Timo Meier leads the way with 11 goals and 13 assists, but he is going to need some help as this season moves along.
New York Finding Some Offense
No one will confuse the New York Rangers with being an explosive offensive team, but they have been finding offense of late. New York is now averaging 3.00 goals per game, and they have scored 18 goals during this current four-game winning streak.
Artemi Panarin has started to heat up on offense as he has racked up 23 points on the year. New York should get a boost on offense from the home crowd, and momentum will have an effect in this one.
Igor Shesterkin has posted a 12-3-2 record this season, and his solid play in the net has allowed the offense to take some chances.
Rangers Roll Over Sharks
Don’t expect much offense in this matchup, as both teams want to limit scoring opportunities for their opponents. San Jose comes into this matchup with a ton of momentum, but they haven’t been doing a ton of scoring during this time.
New York has been getting great play from Igor Shesterkin, and he is going to put up another low number on Friday night. The Rangers aren’t a great offensive team, but they have more offensive talent than their opponent in this matchup.
New York will take control of this game in the first period, and they will break it wide open in the later stages. Bet the New York Rangers -1.5 over the San Jose Sharks as the home team picks up a pretty convincing and important win.
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