- What: Seattle Kraken vs. San Jose Sharks
- Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2024
- Location: SAP Center in San Jose, CA
- Time: 10:30 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: NBCSCA, ROOT-NW, NHLPP-ESPN+
With the 2024 NHL All-Star Game looming, the league’s schedule is light this week. One game that takes place tonight is the Western Conference matchup between the Seattle Kraken and the San Jose Sharks. The Kraken are currently the No. 5 team in the Pacific Division with a record of 21-18-10. Meanwhile, the Sharks are the basement dwellers of the division, sitting in last place in the Pacific with a 13-32-4 mark.
The Seattle Kraken finished the 2023 NHL season in fourth place in the Pacific Division with a 46-28-8 record. The team was in its second year of existence in 2023 and made it to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs, where they lost to the Dallas Stars in seven games.
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 NHL matchup between the Seattle Kraken and San Jose Sharks, check out our betting picks to win the 2024 Stanley Cup and our tips for betting on the NHL.
Seattle Kraken vs. San Jose Sharks betting picks – January 30, 2024
|Ov 5.5 (-116)
|San Jose Sharks
|Un 5.5 (+100)
Seattle Kraken betting breakdown
The Seattle Kraken had a lot of scoring depth last season, with 18 different players scoring at least one goal in the playoffs. They will also rely on that approach for this season, as they only had three players who scored more than 60 points last year in Jared McCann, Vince Dunn, and Jordan Eberle. This year, the team has two players on pace to hit the 60-point mark in Oliver Bjorkstrand and Dunn. Bjorkstrand scored 45 points for Seattle last year in his first season with the team. Bjorkstrand leads the team in points this year with 40, while McCann is tops in goals (20), and Dunn is the team leader in assists (29).
Joey Daccord has picked up the most starts in net for the Kraken. He has a 15-8-9 record to go with a 2.36 goals against average and a .920 save percentage. Daccord has been in net in every Krakken game since December 9 after Philipp Grubauer was placed on injured reserve. Grubauer was activated last week.
The Kraken are 27th in the NHL in goals per game (2.84) on the 24th most shots taken per game (29), while allowing the 10th fewest goals per game in the league (2.88) on the 10th fewest shots allowed per game (29.7). Seattle has the 15th-best power play in the league (21.9 percent), while the team’s penalty kill checks in at No. 19 (78.5).
The Kraken are 10-9-6 on the road in 2024, and 5-4-1 in their past 10 games.
San Jose Sharks betting breakdown
The San Jose Sharks are struggling in the 2024 NHL season. The team has the second-worst record in the league. The only team with a worse record are the Chicago Blackhawks.
Where the Kraken have two players on pace to score 60 points or more this season, the Sharks don’t have a single player projected to hit that threshold. Last year the team had a 100-point scorer in the since traded Erik Karlsson. Besides Karlsson, Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl had more than 60 points. Couture missed the first 45 games of this season with a lower-body injury. Hertl leads the team in scoring with 34 points. He’s also first in goals with 15. Mikael Granlund has the most assists on the club (24).
Mackenzie Blackwood is the Sharks’ starting goalie. He has a 3.63 GAA and a .896 SV%.
The Sharks are tied for last in the NHL in goals scored per game (2.08) on the fewest shots on goal (25.5). The team allows the most goals per game (3.92) on the most shots allowed per game (35.5). The team’s power play ranks 22nd (16.7 percent), while the penalty kill is last in the NHL (72.2 percent).
San Jose is 8-13-2 at home and 4-5-1 in their past 10 games.
Seattle Kraken vs. San Jose Sharks betting trends
The Kraken are 6-2-0 against the Sharks all time. Both the team’s losses came in San Jose. The Kraken have outscored the Sharks 27-17 in those eight games. The teams have played once this season. Seattle won that home game 7-1.
Seattle is 11-7 as the betting favorite this season, while the Sharks have picked up 13 upset wins in the 49 games they have entered as the betting underdogs.
The Kraken are averaging 3.4 goals per game in their past 10 outings and are giving up an average of 2.7 markers during that time. Meanwhile, the Sharks have averaged 2.3 goals in their past 10 games and given up an average of 3.3 goals per game.
Best bets for Seattle Kraken vs. San Jose Sharks
Neither of these teams is playing exceptional hockey right now, but the Kraken are a better team than the Sharks, and they will win. The betting pick is for the Kraken to beat the Sharks tonight in San Jose.
The Sharks are not good on the penalty kill and they allow the most goals and shots per game in the NHL. The betting pick is that the teams will combine for more than 5.5 goals.
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