The Sharks were eliminated by Edmonton in the first round of last years playoffs. Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa hopes to be in the lineup for Game 1 after missing the final 12 contests of the regular season while recovering from hand surgery. I think Anaheim wins here at home and getting a good price at only -135.
Back the home team in this one. The Ducks head into the playoffs with a hot hand and a nice win streak. Anaheim has just 10 loses on their home ice this season and are 3rd in the NHL in goals allowed per game. Take the favorite here, the Ducks win 3-2.
The Sharks have won four of the last six meetings against the Ducks, so I guess there's some value from a history standpoint, but there's too much going on for Anaheim to fade, especially with a rather cheap price...I'll take Anaheim here at -140.
Covers.com community favors Anaheim Mighty Ducks (55% consensus). The Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks were heading in opposite directions as the regular season came to a close, and the Pacific Division rivals will cross paths in the postseason for only the second time as they face off at Honda Center on Thursday in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series. Anaheim ended the campaign with a five-game winning streak to overtake slumping San Jose for second place and home-ice advantage. See Matchup — http://bit.ly/2iFJlRW
San Jose Sharks (45-27-10) take on the Anaheim Ducks (44-25-13) on April 12, 2018, 10:30 PM ET at the Honda Center. Betting odds have Sharks at +125 and Ducks at -134. The Over/Under is 5. San Jose is ranked #12 in offense and #9 in defense while Anaheim is ranked #19 offensively and #4 defensively.
Betting trends over the last 10 games: San Jose Sharks is 5-4-1 (5-5 ATS) and Anaheim Ducks is 8-1-1 (6-4 ATS). The over / under for San Jose the past 10 games is 7-3 while Anaheim Ducks o/u is 4-6.
Predicted Score: San Jose Sharks 3 - Anaheim Ducks 1. SJ Computer Pick: San Jose Sharks +125 and UNDER 5.
Prediction and Summary for San Jose Sharks vs Anaheim Ducks on April 12, 2018, 10:30 PM ET
Anaheim will WIN and the Total will go Over . For the 14th time in NHL history, two California teams will meet in the playoffs when the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks kick-off their first-round series Thursday. The Sharks edged the season series with the Ducks, winning three of the four games but it was usually by the skin of their teeth. Three of the four games between the Sharks and Ducks this year went to a shootout. View original matchup — http://bit.ly/2EwHaZI