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San Jose Sharks @ Seattle Kraken Hockey 2023 Predictions and Preview

Published on November 23, 2022
Written by John
San Jose Sharks @ Seattle Kraken Hockey 2023 Predictions and Preview

The San Jose Sharks(7-11-3) will travel to Seattle to take on the red-hot Seattle Kraken(10-5-3) on Wednesday night in a divisional matchup. The San Jose Sharks are off to a very slow start this season, and a win over their divisional rival on Wednesday night would be a huge momentum giver. On the other hand, the Seattle Kraken have had a fantastic start to their 2022-2023 NHL this season, and after their recent win, they have found themselves on a three-game winning streak. This exciting NHL matchup will take place at 10:00 PM EST on ESPN+ at the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, Washington. 

San Jose Sharks Betting Preview

The San Jose Sharks, who have obtained a 7-11-3 record this season, have found themselves off to a very sluggish start as they currently sit in sixth place in the Pacific Division below the Edmonton Oilers. The team is coming off of a 5-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators as they look to carry that momentum into Wednesday night. 

James Reimer has been the man between the pipes this season for the Sharks, as he has obtained a .906 save percentage and a 2.92 GAA. The Sharks offense has been their best attribute this season as they rank in 14th place for goals scored as they have scored 61 goals in 21 games this season. Meanwhile, the defense has struggled immensely as it ranks in 7th place for goals allowed this season with 69. The Sharks are a wild card this season, but they need to find a way to clean up their defensive zone. 

Seattle Kraken Betting Preview 

The Seattle Kraken, who have obtained a 10-5-3 record this season, are off to an incredible start as they sit in third place below the Los Angeles Kings in the Pacific Division. The team is coming off of a very impressive 3-2 overtime win over the Kings as they are now on a two-game winning streak. 

Martin Jones has found himself as the starting goaltender for the Kraken this season, and he has been playing some exceptional hockey this season. Jones has obtained a .913 save percentage and a 2.30 GAA. The Kraken’s biggest threat this season has been their defense, as they currently are ranked 28th in the league this season for goals allowed with a slim 49 in 18 games. The team’ offense has also been good, but nothing crazy, as they rank in 18th place for goals scored this season with 58. The Kraken have taken some massive steps compared to last season, and a win over the Sharks on Wednesday night would be massive.

Game/Event Prediction

This divisional matchup should be a very close game on Wednesday night, but my pick is going to be the Seattle Kraken moneyline for this contest. The Kraken have been playing solid hockey this season, and with how well Martin Jones has been playing in the net, their defense has looked very impressive. The Sharks defense has also been very poor, and their offense has been mediocre. The Kraken are also at home, where they have a 5-4-2 record this season. The Kraken come in at -180 odds for this matchup, and they are my pick of the night.

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John has had a prominent career in sports media that spans over a decade. He has lent his talents to high-profile companies such as ESPN, NBC Sports, and Audacy. He’s bringing his sports betting expertise, having analyzed every major sport, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and PGA, with a career success rate over 52%.

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