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Posted 9:24 pm, 04/14/2019

will go for their fourth win in five games on Tuesday when they host the Edmonton Oilers (9-10-1) as large home favorites at sportsbooks. The Sharks are coming off a 4-0 rout of the St. Louis Blues on Saturday [url= http://www.officialwild.com...rsey]Jason Zucker Jersey[/url] , with new defenseman Erik Karlsson finally tallying his first goal of the season.NHL betting line: The Sharks opened as -250 favorites (wager $250 to win $100); the total is at six goals, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)NHL betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 3.8-2.0, Sharks (NHL picks on every game)Check out the OddsShark podcast on iTunes or Spotify or at OddsShark.libsyn.com for more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week's top sports betting news.Why the Oilers can pay on the NHL linesThe Oilers begin a three-game road trip through California, with the first stop at San Jose, a place where they have lost two straight games after winning four of the previous five there, according to the OddsShark NHL Database.While Edmonton has dropped six of seven overall as well following a 6-3 defeat at home to the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday, this remains a talented team led by top scorer Connor McDavid. The two-time Art Ross Trophy winner currently ranks third in the league with 28 points (12 goals and 16 assists). As long as he suits up, the Oilers will have a shot to win.Why the Sharks can pay on the NHL linesNow that Karlsson has lit the lamp for the first time with the Sharks, he can relax a bit and do what he does best. More importantly, San Jose posted its first shutout of the year with backup goaltender Aaron Dell in net and jumped into first place atop the Pacific Division with 25 points.Prior to that victory, the Sharks had been involved in a couple of other shutouts, losing both 4-0 to the Blues and New York Islanders earlier in the season. They also improved to 7-3-1 at home with the win.Smart betting pickSan Jose was one of the preseason favorites to win the division, and the team's climb to the top probably took longer than expected. Regardless [url= http://www.officialwild.com...ersey]Joel Eriksson Ek Jersey[/url] , the Sharks are the better team both offensively and defensively right now, and they will be able to score three goals or more for the fifth straight game.Edmonton has scored two or less in five of seven, so San Jose will find a way to win again, with a solid chance to cash on the puck line too. NHL betting trendsEdmonton is 1-6 in its last seven games.The total has gone over in nine of San Jose's last 13 games.San Jose is 5-1 in its last six games at home.All NHL odds and betting trends according to Bleacher Report's official odds partner, OddsShark. Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week's top games. You can also download the free odds tracker app. PITTSBURGH (AP) â€" Evgeni Malkin isn’t one for nerves. And yet they came anyway as the weeks crept by and the Pittsburgh Penguins star inched closer to 1,000 career points.A pep talk from coach Mike Sullivan helped. So did the return to form of one of the NHL’s most formidable power plays, one that pushed Malkin to the lofty milestone and lifted the Penguins past the Washington Capitals 5-3 on Tuesday night.Malkin collected a pair of secondary assists with the man advantage â€" the first one on a Sidney Crosby one-timer that capped a frantic flurry in the second period, the second on Phil Kessel’s second goal in six weeks â€" to become the 88th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 career points and help Pittsburgh snap Washington’s seven-game winning streak.“It’s like a little bit slow but it’s finally over, 1,000,” Malkin said. “I breathe normally. Thanking my teammates. Special day for my family, my friends. Like I play hockey all my life you know, it’s amazing to be here and win here against Washington. A special day for sure.”Malkin’s teammates mobbed him in the corner as the 32-year-old forward who has played 1B to Crosby’s 1A for much of his career tried to drink in the moment as the sellout crowd, including owner and Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux [url= http://www.officialdevils.c...]Authentic Marcus Johansson Jersey[/url] , rose in unison.“Making 1,000 points is crazy number for sure you know,” Malkin said. “I grow up in small city and never think I play in NHL and score like, 1,000 points.”Crosby collected his 32nd and 33rd goals during Pittsburgh’s second-period outburst. Jake Guentzel started Pittsburgh’s comeback with his team-leading 35th of the season after Jared McCann stripped Washington center Evgeny Kuznetzov for the first of three goals in 107 seconds.“We get that one, got a huge boost,” Crosby said. “It’s been a while since we scored in bunches like that. That’s important. That’s fun.”Kessel and McCann both added a goal and an assist for the Penguins, who have won six of eight. Matt Murray stopped 38 shots as Pittsburgh topped the rival Capitals for the third time in four meetings this season and moved within four points of Washington in the claustrophobic Metropolitan Division.Jakub Vrana scored twice for the Capitals. John Carlson collected his 11th and Alexander Ovechkin picked up an assist to become the 48th player in NHL history with 1,200 career points. Braden Holtby made 25 saves but briefly came undone during Pittsburgh’s decisive push in the second.“I thought we gave this one away, to be honest with you,” Washington center Nicklas Backstrom said. “They got one there and they get some energy from that, and they just kept going. That’s something we’re not happy about.”The reigning Stanley Cup champions came in unbeaten since Feb. 23, a stretch that vaulted them to the top spot in the Metropolitan. Ten months removed from a dramatic Game 6 overtime victory in the conference semifinals last spring that served as the springboard to their first championship, the Capitals spent the first 30 toying with the Penguins, smothering the Penguins offensively and riding Vrana’s marksmanship to a 2-0 advantage.The momentum Washington spent half a game building vanished shortly after Vrana’s wrist shot bounced off Murray’s blocker [url= http://www.officialhockeypa...ey]Michael Hutchinson Jersey Womens[/url] , over the goaltender’s head, off his back and into the net for a two-goal lead.McCann’s deft strip of Kuznetsov set up a 2-on-1 with Guentzel, who fired into the open net to make it 2-1. Crosby tied the game 47 seconds later, collecting a Justin Schultz flip pass that soared over the entirety of the neutral zone before it landed at the end of Crosby’s stick. Pittsburgh’s captain held off two defenders while slipping the puck between Holtby’s legs.Backstrom was called for tripping Malkin shortly after Crosby evened it up, and Crosby capped Pittsburgh’s outburst by finishing off a perfectly executed tic-tac-toe that started with Malkin feeding it to Kessel, who then fed a wide-open Crosby.“We know that they play that way,” Holtby said. “They don’t waste any shots. They don’t waste any opportunities. … Sometimes you just have to stick with it and just came up a little short.”Kessel’s second goal since Jan. 30 11:16 into the third period put Pittsburgh up 4-2. Malkin earned the secondary assist to join Crosby, Ovechkin and San Jose’s Joe Thornton and Toronto’s Patrick Marleau as the only active members of the NHL’s 1,000-point club.NOTES: Carl Hagelin, who helped the Penguins to consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017, played 13:13 in his return to Pittsburgh. Hagelin was shipped to Los Angeles in November before being sent to Washington at the trade deadline. … Penguins D Kris Letang missed his eighth straight game with an upper-body injury. … Pittsburgh F Zach Aston-Reese sat out with a lower-body injury.UP NEXTCapitals: Continue a four-game road trip on Thursday in Philadelphia.Penguins: Travel to Buffalo on Thursday to face the Sabres. Pittsburgh lost each of its first two meetings with Buffalo in overtime.

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