Tremendous wagering opportunity for the NHL Tip of the Night for March 20th. Here we have a San Jose team hosting. For most of the season, the Sharks had one of the better records on the road but hovered just near the .500 mark at home. There was a certain reason the team attributed to the struggles that has not gone away. Find out how a +180 underdog has a decent chance of cashing tonight as Arizona (31-33-7) skate into town.
NHL Tip : Bad Ice
SAP Center had a reputation of bad ice. Two factors come into play here. One is the warm weather of California makes it a tad tougher no matter how much the technology has improved. The second is that the venue itself is used for a lot of purposes besides hockey. Floors being put over it on a constant basis has resulted in the home team complaining about it. Passes would hop away and the timing on shots would be disrupted. A higher skill team like the Sharks would see their advantage recede to the field. This is what has happened despite a recent surge in home production as of late.
Match Up At Hand
Both teams played yesterday with a small advantage to San Jose because they are home for both back to back games. However, the higher skilled team suffers more from production because their scorers face a dip in production in the latter game. Mike Smith for the Coyotes could be back in goal after taking Saturday off. He was in the net when Arizona beat San Jose (40-25-6) 3-1 on Thursday.
Lots of history goes against Arizona here as they are 7-19 in San Jose as of late. 1-4 in their last five affairs with zero days rest. The ML is +190 (Coyotes) with a chalky -230 on the Sharks. Puckline offers some relief but remember about the bad ice that plagues this team at home. Look for a muddled affair and we go for the totals. Happy to see a 5 1/2 total posted for this one. The under has a bit of chalk at -115 but is well worth the value. HRWager’s NHL Tip is the under for the Coyotes at the Sharks. Good fortune and we will see you tomorrow here at the HRW.