Free NHL Picks Today: San Jose Sharks vs New York Islanders 3/18/23

Free NHL Picks Today: San Jose Sharks vs New York Islanders 3/18/23
Sat 18th March 2023

The New York Islanders (35-27-8) are on the road to face the San Jose Sharks (19-36-14), who will be hoping to end their losing run, at SAP Center at San Jose on Saturday.

New York is coming off a high-scoring 6-3 win over the Ducks on Wednesday. The Islanders committed only two penalties in the game, yet still conceded a power play goal.

Brock Nelson led the Islanders with two goals. Kyle Palmieri had a goal and three assists to lead the team in scoring. Ilya Sorokin saved only 20 of 23 shots (.869%) in the win.

San Jose is playing their last of four games at home after a 2-1 overtime loss against the Kraken on Thursday, their fifth defeat in a row. William Eklund netted the only goal for the Sharks. James Reimer had a great performance with 30 saves (.937%) in the loss.


The Islanders won the first meeting between the teams this season, a 5-2 victory in October. Four players had two points for New York. Evgeny Svechnikov led San Jose with two points (1G 1A). Semyon Varlamov got the win, saving 26 of 28 shots (.928%).


New York is averaging 2.91 goals per game for the season, 23rd in the NHL, and they are taking on a Sharks team that is allowing 3.75 goals a game (29th).

Meanwhile, San Jose has found the net 2.87 times a game on average, 25th in the league, and the Islanders are allowing opponents to score 2.71 goals per game (7th).

The Islanders’ 15.90% power play percentage is the third-lowest in the league, while the Sharks rank 26th with a conversion rate of 18.18%. When it comes to defending power plays, San Jose has the league’s sixth-ranked PK% at 82.94%, while New York is ninth at 82.00%.


With 65 points this season, Nelson is the top skater for the Islanders. He has 30 goals and 35 assists in 70 games. In the net, Sorokin (24-19-6) is New York’s top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 2.40 GAA and a .923% save percentage, third-best in the league.

Erik Karlsson leads the Sharks in scoring with 85 points. He has 20 goals and 65 assists (3rd). Reimer (10-17-7) has the best goals against average for San Jose at 3.26. He has a save percentage of .895%.


New York is 15-15-5 away from home this season. San Jose has dropped eight in a row at home this season.

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