Top NHL Computer Pick for Todays Slate: Seattle Looks to Get Back Into Conference Race

Jared McCann Seattle Kraken Jaycob Megna San Jose Sharks
Jared McCann #19 of the Seattle Kraken controls the puck against Jaycob Megna #24 of the San Jose Sharks. Steph Chambers/Getty Images/AFP

Using OddsTrader’s NHL computer predictions, we were able to place tonight’s bets based on the information generated.

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“The Battle of the Sea” could be a nice name given to this article to describe the matchup we have today as the San Jose “Sharks” and the Seattle “Kraken” go head to head in California.

All joking aside, this is set to be a great game of hockey, so strap in for this Kraken vs. Sharks preview.

Pick Summary

  • Kraken vs. Sharks: Kraken in Regulation (+105) at FanDuel

Seattle Kraken vs. San Jose Sharks

Monday, February 20, 2023 – 04:00 PM EST at SAP Center

Game Preview

Seattle comes into this road game having had the second-best road record in the Western Conference, only trailing the league’s best, the Vegas Golden Knights, by one point in the standings. Despite having such a strong record on the road, they have gone 1-4 in their previous five road games. Luckily for them, the opposing San Jose Sharks have had a 5-21 record on home ice.

The San Jose Sharks have won just 26% of their games as underdogs this season, while the Kraken have had an impressive 84% win rate when priced up lower than -140 at the NHL odds boards.

Current Form

On the injury front, Seattle is down three players, including former Shark Joonas Donskoi. Looking at the Sharks, they are missing four players, with a questionable 5th being their best forward Timo Meier.

Both teams haven’t been in the best form lately, with the Kraken going 5-5 in their past ten and San Jose 3-7. The Seattle Kraken badly need a win here if they wish to keep pace with the other front runners in the Western Conference championship race.

The Kraken are sitting in 4th position with just 2 points separating themselves and first-placed Vegas. On the flip end, there are also only six points separating the top seven in the Western Conference race, it’s been a tight championship up until now.

Stats and Trends

Seattle Kraken

  • The total has gone over in 6 of Seattle’s last 8 games against an opponent in the Western Conference
  • Seattle are 3-11 in their last 14 games played in February
  • Seattle are 4-1 in their last 5 games against San Jose

San Jose Sharks

  • The total has gone under in 5 of San Jose’s last 5 games
  • San Jose are 1-6 in their last 7 games at home
  • San Jose are 0-8 in their last 8 games against an opponent in the Pacific Division

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Final Verdict

The Seattle Kraken have owned the Sharks in recent games, having won 4 of the 5 meetings between these two teams. During those five games, the Kraken have scored a 3.20 goals average per game compared to the Sharks’ 2.10, and our computer thinks the Kraken come away with another win over the Sharks tonight.

The Pick

The Kraken have a much better team right now, they are more desperate for the win and the Sharks are without their best forward. We like the computer’s prediction, and therefore we believe the best bet to be Seattle to win in regulation at +105. On the road, Seattle has had just 4 of 28 games end in a tie; the Sharks a little higher with 8 home games in 26 played.

If you wanted to lay the juice on the Seattle Kraken, they are available to bet at around -130 with the Bet365 on the moneyline, while the total to go under 6.5 is -best priced at -115 with BetMGM, which we also like considering 4 of the 5 games between these teams have had 7 or fewer goals, as well as the fact the previous game saw 13 goals, regression is expected.

Final Score Prediction: Seattle Kraken 3 – San Jose Sharks 2

NHL Pick: Seattle Kraken in Regulation (+105) at FanDuel is your sports betting command center. Read featured betting strategy compiled from a panel of leading sports betting experts.

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