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San Jose Sharks vs. Phoenix Suns NHL Hockey Prediction: April 24th 2013

San Jose Sharks vs. Phoenix Coyotes
NHL Hockey Prediction: San Jose +102 odds (April 24th 2013)

The Sharks clinched a playoff spot with last night’s win over Dallas, but they’re still battling for seeding, and can still grab the coveted fourth spot, and the home ice advantage in the first round that goes along with it. With that in mind, I don’t expect to see any sort of letdown on Wednesday night.

San Jose has been at its worst on the road this season, posting an 8-14 record, but that doesn’t mean a whole lot right now, as the Sharks have gone a solid 4-3 in their last seven on the highway, including a 4-0 win in Phoenix earlier this month.

The Coyotes are still mathematically alive in the Western Conference playoff race, but sitting five points back of eighth spot, and more importantly with a number of teams to leap-frog and only three games remaining, it’s going to be an uphill battle.

Here’s goaltender Mike Smith following the team’s most recent setback in Detroit on Monday, “Disappointing, obviously, is the biggest word you can use. After getting to the conference finals last year and sitting where we are this year is obviously a tough pill to swallow right now.”

I’m not convinced that desperation leads to victory on this night.This isn’t an ideal spot for Phoenix, as it returns home following three straight on the road. In fact, the ‘Yotes have played six of their last seven games away from Glendale. At this point, I can’t help but think this is a team ready to be put out of its misery.

San Jose has taken three of four meetings in this series this season, with its lone loss coming by the narrowest of margins, 1-0 in a shootout. Take San Jose (1*).