- What: Florida Panthers vs. San Jose Sharks
- Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2023
- Location: SAP Center in San Jose, CA
- Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: ESPN+, Hulu
Tonight, the Florida Panthers look to extend their season-high four-game winning streak when they start a three-game California road trip against the San Jose Sharks, who, after winning two in a row last week at home, are now on a two-game losing skid. Here is some information on the teams before we look at the betting odds, picks, and predictions for tonight’s matchup between the Florida Panthers and San Jose Sharks.
The Florida Panthers represented the NHL’s Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2023. The team fell short of lifting the Cup, falling to the Vegas Golden Knights in five games, but they downed the record-setting Boston Bruins in the first round of the playoffs before beating Toronto and Carolina to earn their spot in the Cup finals. Florida finished the 2023 season with a 42-32-8 record.
The San Jose Sharks went to the Western Conference Finals in 2019. Since then, the club has struggled, missing the playoffs in four straight years. Last year, the Sharks finished the season with a 22-44-16 record, which put them near the bottom of the Pacific Division. The last time the Sharks finished a season over .500 was 2019, when they went 46-27-9.
Before we look at the betting breakdown for tonight’s ESPN/Hulu matchup between the Florida Panthers and San Jose Sharks, check out our betting picks to win the 2024 Stanley Cup and our tips for betting on the NHL.
Florida Panthers vs. San Jose Sharks betting picks
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Florida Panthers beating breakdown
The Florida Panthers started the 2023-24 NHL season with two of their best defensemen, Aaron Ekblad and Brandon Montour out of the lineup after offseason shoulder surgery. The club also lost one of its better defensive players, Radko Gudas, to free agency after its Cup run. The absence of those players hurt the team at the start of the season, where the Panthers went 5-4-1, but the team has found its footing over the past four games, winning four straight, with two of those wins coming over Carolina and Washington, who have been playing well.
Sam Reinhart is tops on the Panthers in scoring with 21 points and 11 goals. The team’s second-leading scorer is also the club’s emotional leader, Matthew Tkachuk. Tkachuk has 15 points, and his 12 assists are the most on the team.
It’s no surprise that Sergei Bobrovsky is holding down the starting goaltending job for the team this year. The veteran netminder has a .905 save percentage and a 2.68 goals against average to go with his 8-3-1 record.
San Jose Sharks betting breakdown
The San Jose Sharks did not play well at the start of the season. San Jose opened the 2024 NHL campaign with an 0-10-1 record. The club won their first game of the year this past Tuesday when they defeated Philadelphia 2-1. They then topped Edmonton 3-2 on Thursday. Both of those wins took place on home ice. Unfortunately for the Sharks, away games in Vegas and Anaheim left the team with two straight losses heading into tonight’s matchup against the Eastern Conference Champions.
San Jose only has one player with 10 or more points this year. That player is Tomas Hertl. Hertl’s 10 points consist of two goals and eight assists. Fabian Zetterlund leads the team with four goals.
Mackenzie Blackwood is the Sharks’ starting goalie. He has a 4.00 GAA and a .900 SV%.
The Sharks are allowing the most shots on goal per game in the NHL at 38.4 and have the highest goals against average in the league at 4.40. Meanwhile, their goals for per game is the lowest in the NHL at 1.20.
Best bet for Florida Panthers vs. San Jose Sharks
The Florida Panthers are not at their best right now. Still, they have a positive goal differential, and they are winning games. Meanwhile, the Sharks are in last place in the NHL, and they cannot keep the puck out of their end of the ice. Look for the Florida Panthers to cruise to victory in tonight’s game against the Sharks.
Betting pick: Florida Panthers to beat San Jose Sharks
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