Sharks vs. Flames Prediction
The San Jose Sharks scored seven goals in their last game as they won for a second straight time. Will San Jose stay hot tonight in a matchup on the road at the Calgary Flames?
Monday, December 31, 2018
Scotiabank Saddledome at 9:05PM ET
TV: NBCCA (SJ)
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Flames are listed as a -118 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Sharks are a -102 underdog, while the total is set at 6.5 goals. As of Monday morning, 53 percent of public bets are coming in on host Calgary. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Sharks put on offensive showcase at Oilers
San Jose improved to 21-12-7 on the season Saturday night with a 7-4 victory at Edmonton. After the Oilers took a 1-0 lead early, the Sharks scored twice to take a 2-1 advantage through one period. Joonas Donskoi scored his seventh goal of the season to even it at 1-1 on assists from Erik Karlsson and Tomas Hertl. Hertl scored his 14th goal later in the first to put San Jose ahead as Brent Burns and Karlsson assisted. Logan Couture pushed the lead to two goals in the second period with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski notching assists. Karlsson made it a 4-1 game later in the second as Barclay Goodrow and Donskoi drew assists. Melker Karlsson added a goal in the third on assists from Burns and Kevin Labanc, while Couture pushed it to 6-1 on a shorthanded goal off an assist from Evander Kane. Following an Edmonton goal, Melker Karlsson scored his second goal of the game and sixth of the season on assists from Erik Karlsson and Goodrow to make it 7-2. The Oilers scored twice in the final 3:07 to make the final score slightly more respectable. Martin Jones made 22 saves on 26 shots in the winning effort.
Flames edged by Canucks
Calgary suffered a 3-2 home loss in overtime Saturday night against Vancouver to drop to 23-12-4 on the season. Mark Jankowski scored with 5:30 left in the first period for the Flames on a shorthanded goal to even the score at 1-1. Noah Hanifin assisted on the score. Travis Hamonic scored a second shorthanded goal in the second off an assist from Jankowski to give Calgary a 2-1 advantage, but the Canucks scored a few minutes later to even it back up before winning it in overtime. David Rittich made 24 saves in 27 shots in the defeat.
NHL Betting Trends
The Sharks are 5-2 in their last seven Monday games. San Jose is 29-12 in its last 41 games versus the Pacific Division.
The Flames are 6-1 after scoring two goals or less in their previous game. Calgary is 1-4 in its last five games.
As the trends show, Calgary has done a good job of bouncing back after tough losses. The Flames are typically tough at home in front of a strong fan base and while they haven't played their best hockey of late, they've shown they can get hot and stay that way for an extended period like they did earlier this month. I'm going with Calgary here as the Sharks are a bit leaky in the back end and I think the hosts will take advantage.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: CALGARY FLAMES -118