Game Time: 10:00 pm ET, Saturday, October 16, 2021
Venue: SAP Center Arena at San Jose, San Jose, CA
Where to Watch: ESPN+
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Moneyline: Jets -140, Sharks +115; Over/Under: NL goals
Bet365: Moneyline: Jets -145, Sharks +125; Over/Under: 6.5 goals
BetMGM: Moneyline: Jets -145, Sharks +120; Over/Under: 6 goals
Winnipeg Jets: 0-1-0 (7th place, Central Division)
San Jose Sharks: 0-0-0 (8th place, Pacific Division)
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Winnipeg Jets vs San Jose Sharks Preview and Analysis
Winnipeg Jets: lost on the road on Oct. 13 against the Anaheim Ducks 4-1.
San Jose Sharks: N/A
Winnipeg Jets Analysis
The Jets are coming into this game with 0 points and a 0-1-0 record to start their regular season games. They had their season opener last Wednesday against the Ducks and they lost that game on the road 4-1. This will be the 2nd game of a 3 game road trip for them. They did not get much going for them on offense in their last game. Kyle Connor had the only goal for them in that game while Paul Stastny and Blake Wheeler came away with the assists. Nikolaj Ehlers led the team in shots with 8 while Neal Pionk and Connor both had 5 shots on goal each. Connor Hellebuyck was the starting goaltender for them and he allowed 4 goals on 22 shots with 18 saves and a .818 sv percentage. The Jets were taking their shots and they had their chances in that game but they could not capitalize on them. They will need to do a much better job on offense and on defense in this game.
San Jose Sharks Analysis
The Sharks are coming into this game with 0 points and a 0-0-0 record as they have not played a game yet this season. This will be their first game of the season and their home opener on Saturday night and they will be looking for a home victory here. It will also be their only home game before they start a 5 game road trip. Their 1st line for their forwards will consist of Logan Couture, Jonathan Dahlen, and Timo Meier while their 1st line defensemen pair will be Brent Burns and Mario Ferraro. Their starting goalie is Adin Hill while their backup is James Reimer. The Sharks had a very good team a few years ago but they missed their window to win the Stanley Cup and then they could not afford to keep their big name players. They do not have many left as this is a younger team now that is inexperienced and has not been good for a few years now. They will keep growing and developing though, under the leadership of the veterans that did stay with the team and eventually they will find their way.
Jets vs Sharks Prediction
The Jets are coming into this game as slight underdogs according to the bookmakers but they are the better team here with more talent on their side and the better goaltending. The Jets have already played their first game of the season and lost so they will be hungry for a win here to bounce back from that loss. The Sharks have still not played a real game yet and will be coming into this against a hungry Jets team. The best bet to place in this game is on the Jets to be the winners as they will find a way to get it done in this game.
Jets Sharks Prediction: Our NHL Pick for Saturday, October 16, 2021 (10:00 pm ET start time) is Jets 5 Sharks 3.
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NHL Betting Trends
Winnipeg Jets: 72-68 (+6 units) ATS in all games. 45-28 (+18 units) ATS after 1 or more consecutive unders. 20-9 (+14 units) ATS off a road loss.
San Jose Sharks: 50-76 (-25.5 units) ATS in all games. 17-26 (-10.8 units) ATS in a home game where the total is 6 or more.
Winnipeg Jets: M. Scheifele (C) Elig Sat - Suspension. D. Samberg (D) Late Nov - Ankle injury.
San Jose Sharks: J. Viel (LW) Mid Nov - Finger injury. N. Knyzhov (D) Out indefinitely - Abdominal injury. A. Barabanov (LW) Prob Sat - Lower Body injury. E. Kane (LW) Out indefinitely - Poss. Suspension.
Players to Watch
Winnipeg Jets: Kyle Connor is one player to watch in this matchup. He has the only goal for his team on the season and a team-high for the season. They are coming off of a bad loss and will be looking to make that up here. Look for him to try and spark his team with another goal in this game and get everyone going.
San Jose Sharks: Logan Couture is one player to watch in this contest. He is the one returning player that this offense can depend on when they are in trouble. Look for him to lead the team here and try to score some goals to help his team win their first game of the season.
“I scored there to get us back to (within) one and I felt we were just stretching a little bit too much after that. We weren't supporting our defense and coming up as a unit.” - after their loss against the Ducks in their first game of the season.
“No one’s made a decision either way yet. But if he keeps progressing like this, he may force our hand into making this team.” - Bob Boughner on playing William Eklund.
LW Connor, Kyle
C Scheifele, Mark
RW Wheeler, Blake
LD Morrissey, Joshua
RD Schmidt, Nate
G Hellebuyck, Connor
San Jose Sharks
LW Dahlén, Jonathan
C Couture, Logan
RW Meier, Timo
LD Ferraro, Mario
RD Burns, Brent
G Hill, Adin
Points: B.Wheeler (1)
Goals: K.Connor (1)
Assists: B.Wheeler (1)
GAA: C.Hellebuyck (4.09)
San Jose Sharks
Winnipeg Jets: Paul Maurice (9th season)
San Jose Sharks: Bob Boughner (3rd season)