NHL Picks: Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks Game 3 Predictions
The San Jose Sharks are officially on the ropes. They badly need a win in the Western Conference Finals ASAP, or their season is going to come to an abrupt close. The Vancouver Canucks will look to build what could be an unassailable lead in NHL betting action on Friday night at the Shark Tank in San Jose.
The Canucks have basically done everything right over the course of the first two games of this series, and they really have played fantastic hockey ever since they survived in Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Sedin brothers had really turned out to be relatively quiet in the second round of the playoffs, but all of a sudden, they have woken up and have really turned on the jets against the Sharks. Daniel Sedin scored the first goal for Vancouver of the game on the power play, the first of his two power play strikes in the game. His brother, Henrik Sedin helped out on both of his brother’s goals and had a total of three assists for the game. The 7-3 romp featured four goals in the third period, all of which came in a span of less than 10 minutes. Roberto Luongo stopped 28 of the 31 shots that he faced in the game, and ever since being benched in favor of Cory Schneider in Game 6 against Chicago, he really has been fantastic in the pipes.
Of course, San Jose can sit here and tell itself that the Canucks have a terrible playoff history, but there is no way that the Sharks can avoid how bad that they have been in the Western Conference Finals over the course of the last few years. In fact, the residents of the Shark Tank haven’t won a game at this juncture in eight straight tries. They were swept last year by the Chicago Blackhawks and are just two losses at home away from suffering the exact same fate at the hands of the Canucks. Ben Eager really did look like a jerk when he scored the last goal of the game that “cut” the deficit to 7-3, as he taunted Luongo in net. Maybe instead, the taunting should go to Antti Niemi on the other end of the ice. He has now allowed 25 goals in his last six starts, numbers which certainly aren’t going to endear him to his new fans in the Bay Area. Head Coach Todd McLellan was none too pleased with the way that some of his stars were playing in the first two games of this set, and he called out his crew in the media for it on Wednesday night and on Thursday. Will Patrick Marleau and the troops respond? If they don’t, their season will be cut short.
Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks Pick: San Jose just doesn’t stand a chance right now in this series. The Sharks are big time underdogs for a reason, and they are going to be swimming around like fish out of water in this one. Vancouver knows that it can really put a lame team down once and for all on Friday night, and getting the Canucks +120 is a tremendous price on the NHL betting lines.
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