Both teams are coming off losses in NHL betting and both teams come into the game with a .500 record. The Hurricanes are 2-2 while the Sharks are 1-1-1.
The Sharks blew a 2-0 lead on Saturday night at home against Atlanta and lost 4-2 as big favorites. The Sharks out-shot the Atlanta Thrashers 30-13 through two periods but they fell apart in the third and got out-shot 15-9. The Sharks have just two even strength goals in their three games. They are 25 percent on the power player and almost 87 percent in penalty killing. Only three players have a plus rating after three games. They are Douglas Murray, Torrey Mitchell, and Ryan Clowe.
Thornton Signed – The Sharks locked up center Joe Thornton for three more years with a big contract. You can say that is good news or if you are a little bit cynical you can say it is bad news. Thornton is a playmaker but he has never done anything in the playoffs and doesn’t score as much as he should. Is it really good news that San Jose is keeping him for the foreseeable future?
Wiped Out Hurricanes – The Hurricanes are a tired team. They had to play an exhibition game in Russia and then opened the regular season with two games against Minnesota in Helsinki. They don’t get to player their home opener until October 27th. They still have to play in Los Angeles and Phoenix before this very unfair road trip comes to an end.
Tuesday Numbers – The Hurricanes are 15-31 in NHL betting in their last 46 road games. The Hurricanes are 7-16 in their last 23 vs. the Western Conference. The Hurricanes are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. the Pacific. The Sharks are 20-7-1 in their last 28 vs. the Southeast. The Sharks are 1-6 in their last 7 overall. The home team in this series is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings. Looking at the NHL betting online total, the Over is 5-1 in the Hurricanes last 6 road games. The Over is 5-2 in the Hurricanes last 7 overall. The Over is 5-1 in the Sharks last 6 vs. the Southeast. The Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between the two teams.