San Hose Sharks is big favorite on this match. Odds to Sharks win dropped from 1.75 to 1.47 and now it is not value. But good bet could be goals in the first period. San Jose had only two matches, one won, 3:2 as visitor against Columbus and the second, a t home against the same rival played tied 2:2 and then lost in the Over Time. Watching this game we would say that this team is not efficient. But, the first period of the first match ended 2:2, and the second 1:1.
Atlanta Thrashers had twice a many matches, so four. Thrashers won two and lost two matches. They won at home Washington 4:2, then they lost two matches, both away, 3:5 against Tampa Bay and 1:3 against Los Angeles Kings. The fourth match they won away, after Over Time 5:4, against Anaheim. Three first periods ended with two goals and one goalless.
This is only matches between them in this season. In the last ten years they played between each other 12 matches, San Jose Sharks won 9, and Atlanta Thrashers won only one, after Over Time. Two matches ended tied. Four of the last five matches ended with more than one goal in the first period, and three of them with 3 or more goals.
There is big problems for Sharks - re-acclimation themselves and their bodies to being on California time. They played first two matches, with Columbus, in Stockholm, Sweden. Finally, they arrived at home, but only the know how they feel. How can this be reflected on this tip? Their concentration could be worse, but we must not count of that. Defenseman Derek Joslin and attacker Jamal Mayers are injured. But, San Jose has a great advantage with goalkeeper Niemi, who had 32 of 34 shooting defense in the first match of the season. Their net is sure, but Atlanta have to be worried.
Atlanta has weakened in the defense not playing of goalie Ondrej Pavelec and defenseman Zach Bogosian. Atlanta's goalie, Chris Mason, is a very experienced and reliable with 3.25 GAA of the season, but the defense in front of him does not help against dangerous scorers of San Jose. Sharks will attack from the start to solve the match in the first period. There will be at least two goals in the first period of the game.
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