If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Saturday when the Dallas Stars and the San Jose Sharks meet at HP Pavilion.
Oddsmakers currently have the Sharks listed as 230-moneyline favorites versus the Stars, while the game’s total is sitting at 5½.
The Stars managed just 19 shots in a 2-1 loss at Calgary last time out, as +170 underdogs. The three goals went UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).
Brendan Morrison scored the lone goal for the Stars, who managed just 19 shots.
Jonathan Cheechoo’s shootout winner gave the Sharks a 3-2 win over the Predators on Thursday, as -265 favorites. That game’s combined score went UNDER the posted over/under (5.5).
Rob Blake and Milan Michalek potted the goals in that win.
Dallas has lost 2 straight games.
San Jose: 46-14-10
Dallas most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
Before playing Los Angeles are 3-7
After playing Calgary are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6
San Jose most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Toronto are 3-3-2
After playing Nashville are 9-1
After a win are 4-6
A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas’s last 6 games when playing San Jose
Dallas is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against San Jose
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Dallas’s last 23 games
Dallas is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Jose’s last 6 games when playing Dallas
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Jose’s last 5 games
San Jose is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Dallas
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Jose’s last 5 games at home
Dallas home to Vancouver, Tuesday, March 24
San Jose home to Colorado, Sunday, March 22