The San Jose Sharks and Seattle Kraken meet Wednesday in NHL action at the Climate Pledge Arena. The San Jose Sharks have split their last 8 games. The Seattle Kraken have won 6 of their last 8 games.
The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 19.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Erik Karlsson leads San Jose with 11 goals, Tomas Hertl has 13 assists and Timo Meier has 104 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 92.5 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Kaapo Kahkonen has allowed 23 goals on 218 shots faced, and James Reimer has allowed 41 goals on 437 shots.
The Seattle Kraken are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 22 percent of their power play opportunities. Jared McCann leads Seattle with 7 goals, Andre Burakovsky has 11 assists, and Oliver Bjorkstrand has 55 shots on goal. Defensively, the Seattle Kraken are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 74.1 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Philipp Grubauer has given up 12 goals on 86 shots faced, and Martin Jones has allowed 32 goals on 368 shots.
The Sharks are 8-21 in their last 29 road games and 17-43 in their last 60 overall. The Kraken are 1-6 in their last 7 Wednesday games and 7-2 in their last 9 overall. The over is 9-3-1 in Sharks last 13 overall. The under is 7-0 in Kraken last 7 overall. The under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The San Jose Sharks have had issues stringing wins together, and they’ve played their worst hockey by far on the road. Some are waiting for the shoe to drop when it comes to the Seattle Kraken, but they continue to pile up the wins, and they’ve shown improved effort defensively. This feels like two teams heading in different directions. At home, give me the Kraken and the somewhat reasonable price.