January 6, 2020 will be the next match of the regular championship of the National Hockey League. Alexander Ovechkin and Washington Capitals are competing with the not-so-successful, but very vibrant and interesting team of the Pacific Division San Jose Sharks.
This team cannot boast of stable results and therefore deservedly occupies the 13th line in the Western Conference with 112 goals scored and 141 goals conceded. But, despite this, the “Sharks” like to surprise. How it happened in the match with the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 3, where the San Jose Sharks defeated the Penguins 2: 3 (OT)The winning puck in the game was brought by a veteran, 34-year-old Canadian defender Brent Burns, nicknamed “Chewbacca.” On January 1, 2020, before this small sensation, the Sharks lost to the Detroit Red Wings team, which occupies the 16th and last line of the Eastern Conference, with a score of 2: 0.Although on December 29, 2019, the “Sharks” powerfully smashed the Philadelphia Flyers, which, by the way, occupy the 7th place in the Eastern Conference. The match ended in the complete defeat of Philadelphia with a score of 6: 1. As we see, the team is storming. Losses to outsiders are quickly replaced by victories over the top teams of both divisions. “Sharks” are extremely unstable, but this may be our particular interest.
The team is still leading the Eastern Conference, but for a long time it has not pleased the fans with a stable game. Probably problems in defense. “Washington Capitals” scores well, but can not keep the advantage. On December 29, Capitals lost to Carolina Hurricanes with a score of 6: 4. In the New Year, January 1, the Washington Capitals suffered an extremely disappointing defeat from the New York Islanders with a score of 3: 4.Two goals in the Islanders goal marked 27-year-old striker Evgeni Kuznetsov.However, on January 4, another victory was won over “Carolina Hurricanes” with a score of 3: 4, where forward Kuznetsov also scored one goal.
Washington Capitals returns home in high spirits, and on January 6 awaits San Jose Sharks home. Guests have a busy schedule. The game with Washington will be the 4th away for Sharks. And just a day before the match with the leaders of the San Jose Sharks Eastern Conference, they are playing at Columbus Blue Jackets on January 5th.
We think that “Sharks” due to severe fatigue will not be able to “shoot” against such a motivated and strong team as “Washington Capitals”. Moreover, “Washington” will please us with another victory in regular time. We bet on the victory of Washington for a cool coefficient of 1.86.