The Pittsburgh Penguins find themselves right in the thick of a divisional battle as they head out West to visit the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks are in the same position as the Penguins, sitting just three points out of third place in the division. 

This game could turn out to be a defensive battle, with both teams sitting in the top 10 in the NHL with their respective penalty kill percentage. Both teams only are surrendering right around 30 shots against each contest. Puck drop for this matchup is scheduled for 10:30 pm Eastern Time at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.

Pittsburgh Penguins Betting Preview: Balanced Attack with Structure Equals Wins

Pittsburgh is one of the deepest teams in the NHL this season. They have the depth that is contributing on the scoreboard, they have veteran leaders that are healthy in Crosby and Malkin, and they have stellar goaltending from Tristan Jarry. This team has all the makings to make a deep run come playoff time.

Their depth scoring is started by Jake Guentzel, who has 35 points off of his 18 goals and 17 assists. With the addition of a healthy Evgeni Malkin, look for Guentzel and Crosby’s game to open up even further. Combine that with the lockdown defensive play from Kris Letang, and this team is hard to beat every night.

San Jose Sharks Betting Preview: Need More Scoring for Sustained Success

The Sharks came into the 2021-22 season not truly having an identity. This is one of their biggest problems as of late. They are 22nd in goals per game with 2.74. Timo Meier leads their scoring attack with 39 points from 18 goals and 17 assists. 

Another issue that San Jose is dealing with is the consistent play from their goaltenders. Currently, they are 20th in the NHL in goals against per game with 3.05. Their two goaltenders are averaging over 2.50 goals against per game as well.

If this team wants to make things interesting come late in the season, then they must find more scoring to combat their inability to keep the puck out of their own net. 

Penguins vs. Sharks Betting Odds & Lines

BetOnline has the Penguins sitting as a -1.5 (+153) puck line while the Sharks are at +1.5 (-173). The Moneyline for this contest is currently set at Pittsburgh (-165) favorite and San Jose (+149) underdog.

The Penguins are one of the hottest teams in the NHL, with one of their biggest stars back healthy. It is no surprise why they are the favorites in this matchup.

The over/under at BetOnline is at 5.5 goals. The over odds are currently at -118 while the under odds sit at +107.

Free Betting Pick

The Pittsburgh Penguins have worked themselves right back into a playoff position. They are currently one of the hottest teams in the NHL, with an 8-2-0 record in their last ten games. Their defense is lockdown as it sits top five in the NHL in goals against per game with 2.56.

With a healthy roster that is only getting stronger each game, expect this team to be a tough out against anyone. Take the Penguins -1.5 (+153) in this contest in California. 

Spooky Express Free Pick: Penguins -1.5 (+153)

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