Puck Line Pick
The Rangers come into this game on the back to back after playing the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night. New York is hot right now winning 8 of their last 10 games (not counting the result from Friday). They still trail that Carolina team by 6 points for a playoff spot in the East, so this is a game they need to win. Especially against a below average team like the Sharks, who are 12 points behind Calgary for a playoff spot. San Jose have lost two in a row coming into this game, so they desperately need a win. The Rangers won the only meeting this season, but have four in a row overall against this San Jose team. New York is playing too good right now, and I cannot trust the Sharks, so I lean the Rangers way on the puck line.
Over Under Pick
I like this total more because the Sharks do not offer much offensively. San Jose is scoring an average of 2.6 goals per game and just 2.2 goals over their last five games. New York has been much more efficient, scoring 3.3 goals overall and 3.4 over their last five. The Rangers also have a much better defense as of late, allowing 2.2 goals compared to San Jose’s 3 goals allowed. The under is 5-2-1 in the Rangers last 8 home games and 7-3 in the Sharks last 10 games as an underdog. With that being said, I like for the Rangers to do most of the scoring and cash the under tickets with not much issue.