The San Jose Sharks are 8-1 in their last nine home games this postseason. The Sharks will try to continue their winning ways at home in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night.
San Jose is a -140 betting favorite at the SAP Center on Monday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Penguins hope to keep control over the series with a win as a +120 underdog.
With their backs against the wall in a critical Game 3 at home, the Sharks responded with their best effort of the series on Saturday night.
The Sharks spent most of the first two games in Pittsburgh playing passively, but in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win the team was aggressive with and without the puck. San Jose still hasn't totally found its stride on offense, but the attacking mindset in Game 3 was clearly a step in the right direction.
The Sharks are now 11-1 in their last 12 home games against the Penguins per the OddsShark NHL Database. San Jose had won 10 straight at home against the Penguins before losing in the regular season meeting between the two teams in the Shark Tank this year.
The Penguins continued their assault on Martin Jones in Game 3, peppering the San Jose goaltender with 42 shots while holding the Sharks to just 26 shots. Unfortunately for the Penguins, Jones was up to the task in making 40 saves, and the lopsided shot total wasn't enough to offset spells of sloppy play and turnovers throughout regulation.
Since January 15, the Penguins are a sensational 17-1 in 18 games coming off a loss in the game before.
Monday's total for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final is set at 5.5 goals. All three of the games in the Stanley Cup Final so far have gone UNDER the posted total.
Matt Murray has been solid in net for the Penguins this postseason, but the game-tying goal he allowed to Joel Ward in the third period on Saturday was considered by many to be a weak goal. If the Sharks win again in Game 4, they could enter Game 5 with momentum and with a seed of doubt planted in the Penguins about their rookie netminder.