The Montreal Canadiens will be fresh but not rested after their defeat in Anaheim when they travel to San Jose to face the Sharks, who will be looking to take full advantage of the weary Canadiens.

The Canadians, as predicted, failed to get the better of the Ducks on Wednesday night and the score was even more emphatic than expected. They will be hoping to do better against a San Jose side who seem to have lost that scoring feeling, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

The Sharks seem to have forgotten where the back of the net is with Logan Couture, who had 32 goals last season, it just once in his last eight games. Ryan Clowe has been held in his last 10 and even Joe Thornton (the team leader with 21 points) only has one assist in his last three games. What’s more they’ve failed to convert on their last 10 power plays, going 0 for 8 in their last two games after going 16 for 70. "We're trying to jump start a few players," said coach Todd McLellan, "Our offensive production hasn't been enough to win games. We're trying to create more around the blue paint.”

Last among equals

San Jose SharksMontreal has had their own problems, and were laid bare for all to see on Wednesday night. Montreal defenseman Hal Gill said "We couldn't get the job done on the power play, and we gave up a couple of goals shorthanded. It's tough to win when you do that."

San Jose will hope that the Canadians defence will be as inviting and welcoming, as they have only managed to find the net three times in their last three games.

The Sharks will also be smarting after a 2-0 away defeat at LA in their last game on Monday night and will be hoping that home ice brings greater benefits, as their game against the Canadians is first of four games at home. They are also home for 10 of 13 games in December with all three of their road games in a four-day stretch. With that in mind you might want to check out the NHL betting odds on this game going Under 5.5 at -154 with sportsbooks offering a home win at -120.

The Sharks aren’t sunk yet!

The Sharks are still 13–7–1 and boasts a shots per game average of 34.2, Monday night’s 2-0 loss at LA actually saw them record 33 shots, but as we all know it's goals that win games. Sharks will of had a couple of days to ponder, stew and consider their back to back defeats and I expect them to come out flashing their skates keen to avoid matching a season-high three-game losing streak.

If you think the sharks may have last their bite, remember that the Canadiens will be without left wing Max Pacioretty, who leads the team with 10 goals, as he’s serving his second game of a three game suspension.

In game one, Montreal was limited to a season-low 20 shots (three of which were in the final period) and they have failed to put more than 27 shots on goal in any of the last three matches. An away win is offered up at +250 with the sportsbooks, but I don’t think that the Canadiens have the heart or the legs for it.

I'm backing a home win as my NHL pick, despite the fact that Montreal has won the most recent meetings between the sides 3-1 (at the Bell Center almost a year ago to the day), but they have been beaten in their last five visits to the Shark Tank. One of those was an overtime loss, but they still haven't skated off the San Jose ice victorious since 1999 when they beat the sharks 3-2. If you think I’m wrong you can back the same score at +1100. 

Prediction:  Sharks bare their teeth and win the match 3-1 at +1400