Anaheim Ducks at San Jose Sharks - NHL Betting Playoffs

NHL betting playoffs odds favor the San Jose Sharks on Thursday as they host the Anaheim Ducks in Game 1 of their best-of-seven series.

The Sharks finished with the best overall record in the NHL this season and gamblers who bet on NHL Playoffs games are giving them respect in this series.

NHL betting playoffs numbers tell us that the Sharks won four of the six regular season meetings against Anaheim. San Jose has a balanced offensive attack and a very experienced blueline. They also have Evgeni Nabokov in goal and he is a big key in this NHL betting playoffs series. The question for San Jose according to gamblers who bet on NHL Playoffs games is can they shake off the lack of success in NHL betting playoffs series in the past?

The Ducks definitely have more NHL betting playoffs series experience than San Jose. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry are solid scorers and they are tough. Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger are two of the best defenseman in the league and goaltender J.S. Giguere has won it all before. The question mark though good be Giguere, who has struggled at times this season.

NHL betting playoffs numbers tell us that San Jose ranked third in the league on the power play, with a 24.2% success rate while Anaheim ranked fifth at 23.6%. San Jose ranked fifth in the league in penalty killing, with an 83.3% success rate while Anaheim ranked 23rd at 79.7%. The special teams could very well decide this NHL betting playoffs series and on paper the edge goes to San Jose.

Here are some of the NHL betting playoffs stats to consider as you bet on NHL playoffs odds. Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf tied for third in the league with 66 assists while San Jose's Joe Thornton ranked seventh in the league with 61 assists. Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf tied for sixth in the league with 91 points as NHL betting playoffs numbers show.

Anaheim's Teemu Selanne tied for fifth in the league with 16 power play goals. Anaheim's Corey Perry tied for seventh in the league with eight game-winning goals as NHL betting playoffs statistics tell us. Jonathan Cheechoo and Christian Ehrhoff led the Sharks with four points in five games against the Ducks this year. Dan Boyle also had four points in six games. Ryan Getzlaf led the Ducks with six points in six games against the Sharks this year.

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