San Jose Sharks (4-1-1) at Boston Bruins (3-4-0)
|Date & Time||Tuesday October 21, 2014, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Boston Bruins -130 / San Jose Sharks +118 --- Over/Under: 5
The San Jose Sharks and Boston Bruins play Tuesday night at the TD Garden.
The San Jose Sharks have gotten off to a solid 4-1-1 start and are playing well on both sides of the ice. The Sharks are one of the better scoring teams in the league, averaging 3.2 goals per game and have scored at least three goals in five of their first six games. The Sharks have won seven of their last eight games when scoring more than two goals. Patrick Marleau leads the Sharks with four goals, Brent Burns has six assists and Logan Couture has 15 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks haven’t allowed a power play goal in two straight games and have a power play kill percentage of 82.4. Antti Niemi has allowed seven goals on 105 shots and Alex Stalock has allowed seven goals on 104 shots faced. This will end a five-game road trip for the Sharks.
The Boston Bruins are off to a rocky 3-4 start and are looking for just their second home win. The Bruins issue starts on the offensive side, as they’re averaging just two goals per game and have been held to less than two goals in four games. The Bruins have lost eight of their last 10 regular season games when scoring less than three goals. Zdeno Chara leads the Bruins with 26 shots on goal, Chris Kelly has four assists and Reilly Smith has scored two goals on just 10 shots. Kevan Miller remains doubtful for this game with an upper body injury. Defensively, Niklas Svedberghas allowed two goals on 64 shots and Tuukka Rask has allowed 14 goals on 108 shots faced. The Boston Bruins have allowed three power play goals in their last three games.
The Sharks are 38-15 in their last 53 vs. Atlantic and 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. The Bruins are 43-17 in their last 60 home games and 1-5 in their last 6 games following a win. The Sharks are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Boston.
The Boston Bruins need this win more than ever before this rough start really begins to get out of hand. While the road team has dominated this series, I'll take the Bruins and the chalk at home.