The San Jose Sharks (10-6-3) meet the Toronto Maple Leafs (12-6-0) at the SAP Center in San Jose on Thursday night.
The Sharks come into the game on the back of a 5-4 win on home-ice against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night, although they lost a 3-0 lead to trail 4-3, before two goals in 13 seconds in the 3rd period from Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton (with his 400th career goal) eventually ensured that they took the points.
The Sharks are averaging 3.21 Goals per Game, which leaves them a respectable 11th in the overall NHL standings. Defensively the Sharks are allowing exactly 3.00 Goals per Game, which leaves them 15th in the current rankings. On an individual basis, Timo Meier has 12 goals for the Sharks, while Brent Burns has 18 assists.
The Maple Leafs had a comprehensive 5-1 win on the road at the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night, with Nazem Kadri scoring twice, John Tavares providing one goal and two assists and Morgan Rielly scoring one goal and contributing one assist.
The Maple Leafs are averaging 3.50 Goals per Game, which puts them joint top of the standings alongside Tampa Bay Lightning. Defensively the Maple Leafs are allowing just 2.61 Goals per Game to leave them 4th in the standing. Tavares has 11 goals for the Maple Leafs, while Mitch Marner has 17 assists.
Preseason NHL predictions had these two teams as potential Stanley Cup winners and they both remain strong contenders. Home-ice could be decisive here, with the Money Line Odds slightly favouring the Sharks. They are the tips to edge this.
Pick: Money Line – San Jose Sharks -130 (bet365).