Sharks-Ducks: NHL Odds and Picks, April 27, 2009

Touthouse HandicappersSenior Writer IApril 27, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 27:  Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the San Jose Sharks clears the puck out of the net after the Anaheim Ducks scored during Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Honda Center on April 27, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

San Jose Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks
Free Pick: San Jose Sharks (-120)
Mon April 27th 2009 10:35p - NHL Odds
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The No. 1 seed in the West, San Jose, has their back up against the wall. Down 3-2 in the series, they are in a must-win situation again here tonight against 8th seeded Anaheim.

Pride is on the line, and I think they’ll step it up tonight and win big.

San Jose still has a better road record (22-21) than Anaheim’s home record (21-22). Sharks are 22-6 in their last 28 Monday games.

The Sharks are 21-9 in their last 30 Conference quarterfinals games, and 39-17 in their last 56 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. They  are 49-23 in their last 72 games after allowing two goals or fewer in their previous game, and 72-35 in their last 107 games as a favorite.

The Ducks are 4-10 in their last 14 vs. a team with a winning percentage above .600, and 1-4 in their last five home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The road team is 6-2 in the last eight meetings between these two teams.

We’ll recommend a small play on San Jose tonight. Thanks, and good luck!

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