NHL Hockey Betting: San Jose Sharks at Calgary Flames

NHL Hockey Betting:  San Jose Sharks at Calgary Flames

The final game on the NHL board for Wednesday is a very entertaining Pacific Division matchup between the first place San Jose Sharks and the fourth place Calgary Flames. The Sharks have been the hottest team in the division lately with a 6-3-1 record in their last ten. Despite their solid play they haven’t been able to shake Anaheim–the Ducks are 5-2-3 in their last ten games and tied with the Sharks atop the division with 52 points. Both teams are three points up on third place Edmonton and 6 up on the fourth place Flames. Calgary seems to start the season in miserable form every year. They did so this season and things got worse when they lost Johnny Gaudreau to injury. Gaudreau is back in the lineup now and the Flames are reasonably healthy up and down the roster. Calgary has won 6 of their last 10 games.

Another thing working for the Flames–they’ve actually got a decent goaltending situation for once in who knows how many seasons? In fact, they may have to make a decision on which of their capable netminders they want as their long term starting goalie. Chad Johnson gets the call tonight and he’s played very well this year–and particularly while off season acquisition Brian Elliott was struggling in the early part of the year. Johnson has a 14-9-1 record with a 2.27 goals against average, a 0.922 save percentage and three shutouts. Elliott was all but traded in mid-December when Johnson was at his best and started 8 straight games. Johnson hit a slump, however, and the Flames turned to Elliott who has now started 6 of the last 10 games and played very well.

San Jose will start Martin Jones in net here and the former Los Angeles Kings’ backup has been very good in his role as the Sharks’ starter. Jones has a 21-13-2 record with a 2.24 goals against average and 0.917 save percentage. Sharks played at Edmonton last night but they’ve responded well in that situation this year (4-2 in the second of back to backs). Very even matchup with a head to head series that has also been very even. We’ll take the price with San Jose.