San Jose Sharks vs Pittsburgh Penguins 1-28-23

San Jose Sharks vs Pittsburgh Penguins 1/28/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

San Jose Sharks vs Pittsburgh Penguins 1/28/2023 Picks Predictions Previews


The San Jose Sharks will visit PPG Paints Arena and take on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night.


San Jose at 14-25-10 with 38 points and placed seventh in the Pacific Division already lost its chance for playoff contention this season.


The Sharks enter this inter-division match-up riding on a three-game skid including a 2-3 road loss in overtime versus the Detroit Red Wings.


Center Logan Couture managed to tie at 2-2 on assists from Erik Karlsson and Jaycob Megna forcing the contest into overtime where San Jose lost by a point.      


The Sharks have two leaders in different categories this season, RW Timo Meier is the leading goal-scorer with 28 while Erik Karlsson is the leader in points with 64, and San Jose’s top setter with 49 assists on the year.


GK James Reimer has an 8-14-5 record with a save percentage of .896 and a goals-against average of 3.25 for the season.


The Sharks posted an average of 2.98 goals per match while their defense gave up an average of 3.71 goals per contest. San Jose scores 20.0% of the time when on a power play while its penalty kill unit is successful 83.7% of the time.      


The Sharks’ Defenseman Markus Nutivaara (lower body) and Radim Simek (upper body) with an injury reserve status will be sidelined and will not be playing for the Sharks tonight. Center Luke Kunin (ACL) will be out for the rest of the season.     


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San Jose Sharks vs Pittsburgh Penguins Predictions 1/28/2023


The Pittsburgh Penguins back home looking for a rebound from their last road loss. Pittsburgh dropped their overall record to 24-15-19 with 57 points and took 5th place in the Metropolitan Division with 11 points behind Carolina in the first place.


The Penguins lost three of their last five after they surrendered to the Washington Capitals in a shootout competition with a score of 2-3. Pittsburgh’s goalie Casey DeSmith tallied 43 saves for a .956 save percentage in the loss.      


Center Sidney Crosby is the Penguins’ workhorse after compiling team-leading records of 58 points, 23 goals, and 35 assists this season. Crosby recorded 4 PPGs and 11 PPAs in leading his team.


GK Casey DeSmith is 7-9-4 at the pipes with a goals-against average of 3.25 and a save percentage of .904 for the year.


Pittsburgh’s offense posted an average of 3.25 goals per outing while its defense conceded an average of 3.04 goals per match.


On a power play, the Penguins scored 22.0% of the time and their penalty kill unit was successful 80.9% of the time. 


Four of Pittsburgh’s skaters will not make it tonight against San Jose due to injury reasons.


Right-wingmen Kasperi Kapanen and Josh Archibald are on an injured reserve status due to lower body injury while Defenseman Jan Rutta is also on an injured reserve status due to an upper-body injury. Goalie Tristan Jarry (upper body) will be out indefinitely.   


San Jose Sharks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins. The NHL Pick for this contest is Pittsburgh -240. The Penguins’ defense is greatly affected by the loss of their no.1 goaltender Tristan Jarry due to an upper-body injury.


However, Pittsburgh will be playing at home with crowd support on their side against a weak San Jose team. Look for the Penguins to dominate this match on both sides of the puck. The prediction: Pittsburgh Penguins will win 5-3. 


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San Jose Sharks vs Pittsburgh Penguins 1/28/2023 Picks Predictions Previews    

NHL Starting Time: 7:00 PM ET


Location: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA  


Date: Saturday, January 28, 2023                                   




NHL Odds/Point Spread: Pittsburgh Penguins -240        


NHL Totals: 6.5  


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