Hockey betting action in that race includes the Anaheim Ducks as they have been in and out of the top eight spots and can control their own NHL gambling destiny the rest of the way.
The Anaheim Ducks will host the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday with a starting time of 10 PM ET. This Western Conference Pacific Division matchup has major post season implications for both teams so be sure and open your Sports Gambling account and have it ready for action today!
San Jose is an appealing commodity for the NHL Playoffs and one of the reasons why is their excellence on the road this year. The Sharks had a record of 23-12-2-2 in road action and that is what makes them a dangerous team that nobody will want to have to match up with in the post season.
Another key asset for the Sharks is goaltender Antti Niemi, who was the star goaltender for the Chicago Blackhawks successful Stanley Cup run of last year. Niemi had a 2.41 goals against average this year with 32 wins and 6 shutouts. Beyond that Niemi brings the intangible of being a champion, which should give the Sharks playoff confidence.
Anaheim was 44-28-3-2 as they were fighting for the final Western Conference spot for the hockey playoffs. Anaheim was 24-12-1-1 at home and was ranked 11th in the NHL for goal scoring but their defense ranked 20th for goals against.
These two teams have already met in 4 games this year. On October 30 the Sharks got the money in a 5-2 home win over the Ducks as the game went over the total. On November 9 the Ducks scored a 3-2 upset win at San Jose as the game went under the total.
On January 9 the Ducks held the Sharks in check with a 1-0 home win as the game easily stayed under the number. On February 2 the Sharks scored a 4-3 win at Anaheim as the game went over the total.
Anaheim has gotten the money in 4 of their last 7 home games against the Sharks with just 4 of the last 19 meetings between these two teams at Anaheim going over the hockey betting total.