Montreal Canadiens vs. San Jose Sharks Prediction, NHL Odds

Andrew Rogers | Updated Oct 27, 2021

Will Erik Karlsson's hot start keep San Jose rolling through the early part of the season?

Montreal
6-18-3
AT
October 28, 2021, 10:30 PM ET
SAP Center at San Jose
San Jose
13-11-0-1
Puckline +1.5 -210
Moneyline +108
Over / Under o +5.5

27%

Betting Action

73%

Puckline -1.5 +175
Moneyline -130
Over / Under u +5.5

27%

Betting Action

73%

The San Jose Sharks have done well to secure points despite playing the majority of their early-season schedule on the road – and they’re in good shape to lock down two points in their own building as they host reeling Montreal on Thursday night. The Sharks have played five of their first six games away from SAP Center at San Jose, and return home as comfortable favourites against a Canadiens team with just one win in its first six outings.

San Jose is a -135 favourite to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 5.5.

Canadiens vs. Sharks NHL Betting Odds

You won’t find a more one-sided head-to-head series than this one, with the Sharks having won 10 straight meetings while outscoring Montreal 41-14 in that span. That dominance, combined with Montreal’s ice-cold start to the season, is the main reason why 78 per cent of Sports Interaction bettors are siding with the home team. The Canadiens have also lost six consecutive road games dating back to the end of the 2020-21 campaign.

The total betting slant is even more of a landslide for this one, with a whopping 80 per cent of bettors taking the O5.5 at -120 (while the U5.5 is installed at +100). These teams have been close to even in terms of O/U conversions this season, but the Canadiens are 4-1 to the Over in their last five games against Western Conference opponents. The Sharks, meanwhile, are a sizzling 7-2 O/U in their previous nine games at SAP Center.

Montreal Canadiens

The Canadiens roll into Thursday’s game against the Sharks with the worst offence in the NHL, having produced just 11 goals through seven games. And even that total is somewhat skewed, given that Montreal scored six of those goals in a one-sided win over Detroit. Special teams have been a nightmare for the North Division champions, who rank 29th in the NHL in penalty-killing success rate (64.0) and 31st in power-play percentage (8.0).

San Jose Sharks

The Sharks might not be able to sustain their hot start – but they just might, if defenceman Erik Karlsson continues to defy expectations. The one-time offensive star of the Ottawa Senators had just 22 points and minus-18 rating in 54 games last season – the worst of his professional career – but he looks rejuvenated early in the season with six points in six games. Karlsson’s 36 points in 43 games vs. the Canadiens are the most against any opponent in his career.

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