Free NHL Picks Today: San Jose Sharks vs Seattle Kraken 3/16/23

Free NHL Picks Today: San Jose Sharks vs Seattle Kraken 3/16/23
Thu 16th March 2023

The Seattle Kraken (37-23-7) travel to take on the San Jose Sharks (19-36-13) at SAP Center at San Jose on Thursday in a showdown of teams on losing runs. Seattle is coming off a 5-2 loss against the Stars on Monday, their third defeat in a row.

The Kraken committed four penalties in the game, conceding three power play goals. Yanni Gourde and Eeli Tolvanen both scored once for the Kraken. Vince Dunn had two assists to lead the team in scoring.

Martin Jones only had 27 saves on 32 shots against (.843%) in the loss.San Jose dropped their fourth straight game, falling 6-5 (OT) to the Blue Jackets on Tuesday. Five players found the net for the Sharks. Logan Couture scored and provided two assists to lead the team in scoring. Kaapo Kahkonen only had 42 saves on 48 shots against (.875%) in the loss.


The teams have split their two meetings this season, the most recent of which was a 4-0 victory for the Sharks in February. Evgeny Svechnikov (1G 1A), Couture (1G 1A), and Erik Karlsson (0G 2A) each had two points to lead San Jose. James Reimer saved 26 shots to earn the shutout win.


Seattle is averaging 3.49 goals per game for the season, fourth in the NHL. The visitors will be looking to take advantage of a Sharks team that is allowing 3.78 goals a game (30th).

Meanwhile, San Jose has found the net 2.90 times a game on average, 23rd in the league, and the Kraken are allowing opponents to score 3.18 goals per game (16th).

The Kraken’s 20.00% power play percentage ranks 21st in the league, while the Sharks are 26th with a conversion rate of 18.38%. When it comes to defending power plays, San Jose has the league’s sixth-ranked PK% at 82.69%, while Seattle is 27th at 74.23%.


Dunn and Jared McCann have been the top skaters for the Kraken this season with 55 and 52 points. In the net, Jones (24-11-3) is Seattle’s top goaltender by goals against average.

He has a 3.03 GAA and a .887% save percentage. Karlsson leads the Sharks in scoring with 85 points (9th in the league). He has 20 goals and 65 assists (3rd). Reimer (10-17-6) has the best goals against average for San Jose at 3.30. He has a save percentage of .894%.


Seattle has won four in a row away from home this season. San Jose is looking to avoid an eighth consecutive loss at SAP Center at San Jose this season.

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Seattle Kraken (-165)

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