San Jose Sharks vs. Nashville Predators Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Oct 05, 2022

The NHL season officially gets underway Friday with the Sharks and Predators meeting in Prague, Czech Republic for the NHL Global Series.

San Jose
8-14-1-3
AT
October 07, 2022, 2:00 PM ET
O2 Arena
Nashville
11-9-1-1
Puckline +1.5 -165
Moneyline +159
Over / Under o +5.5

18%

Betting Action

82%

Puckline -1.5 +137
Moneyline -191
Over / Under u +5.5

18%

Betting Action

82%

While most NHL teams won’t start their regular-season schedules until early next week, two teams will get a jumpstart on the action.  The Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks will officially kick off the NHL season with two games in Prague, Czech Republic on Friday and Saturday.

Nashville is a -197 favourite to win Friday’s game, while the total sits at 5.5 on the NHL odds.

Sharks vs. Predators NHL Betting Odds

It was all Nashville in this head-to-head last year, with the Preds sweeping the three-game season series by a combined score of 12-1.  Nashville shut out the Sharks in the final two games, including a blowout 8-0 victory.  Roman Josi led all Predators skaters with six points (all assists) over the three games.  Timo Meier scored the lone San Jose goal.

It was a successful pre-season for the Sharks as San Jose won all five exhibition tilts.  They beat L.A. and Anaheim twice each and also downed Vegas.  San Jose struggled down the stretch to end last season, dropping 14 of their last 17 games and finishing third-last in the Pacific Division.  The Sharks are +934 to break a streak of three straight seasons without a playoff appearance.  They are -1429 to miss out on post-season hockey.

Nashville also had a strong pre-season, beating the Lightning twice and splitting a pair of games against the Panthers.  Last season ended on a high scoring stretch for the Preds as they hit the Over in 10 of their last 12 games, including the sweep they suffered at the hands of Colorado in the first round of the playoffs.  Nashville is -189 to make the playoffs and +167 to miss out.

San Jose Sharks

The Sharks come into the season with revamped personnel.  Of course Evander Kane is gone after his contract was terminated last season.  Longtime defenceman Brent Burns was also shipped out of town in an off-season trade to Carolina.  The team seems to be building around a core of Meier, Tomas Hertl and captain Logan Couture.  The trio were the top three point producers for San Jose last season.  Meier led the team with 76 points (35G, 41A), Hertl was second with 64 (30G, 34A) and Couture was third with 56 (23G, 33A).

The Sharks also made changes at the top.  Mike Grier takes over as General Manager, while David Quinn takes over behind the bench.  New additions to the roster include forwards Oskar Lindblom and Nico Sturm (fresh off a Stanley Cup win with Colorado) as well as defenceman Matt Benning.  In the crease Adin Hill was shipped to Vegas, so James Reimer and Kaapo Kahkonen will split duties in net.  Reimer put together a 19-17-10 record last season, with a 2.90 goals-against average and .911 save percentage.  Kahkonen was 2-6-1 with a 2.86 GAA and .916 SV.

Nashville Predators

Nashville’s biggest off-season move was locking up star forward Filip Forsberg with a massive eight-year contract.  Forsberg is coming off a big year in which he set career-highs in both goals (42) and points (84).  Roman Josi also set career-highs in both goals (23) and points (96) last season and finished second in Norris Trophy voting.  The big question surrounding the Preds will be if Matt Duchene and Ryan Johansen can have a repeat of last season.  Duchene finished with 42 goals and 86 points (both career-highs), while Johansen finished with 26 goals (second-most in his career) and 63 points.

Notable new additions to Nashville include defenceman Ryan McDonagh, winger Nino Niederreiter and backup goalie Kevin Lankinen.  Lankinen will be the No. 2 option behind Juuse Saros, a Vezina Trophy finalist last season.  Saros started a league-high 67 games last year, posting a 38-25-3 record with a 2.64 GAA, .918 SV and four shutouts.

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