San Jose Sharks (4-4-0) at Boston Bruins (3-3-1)
|Date & Time||Thursday October 26, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Boston Bruins -115 / San Jose Sharks +104 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The San Jose Sharks continue their east coast road trip with a bout at the Boston Bruins in Thursday NHL.
The San Jose Sharks shoot for back to back wins when the team visits the Boston Bruins on Thursday. San Jose has won three of four after downing the New York Rangers 4-1 on Monday night where both ends of the ice were at their best.
The Sharks took control early with Logan Couture scoring less then two minutes after the opening faceoff while Tim Heed also lit the lamp for a 2-0 lead heading to the second where Joonas Donskoi scored. SJ added to the lead on a Melker Karlsson tally 2:51 in to the final period.
Mika Zibanejad provided New York with their lone goal to avoid the shutout but the offense couldn’t get going to make a run. Henrik Lundqvist was charged with all four goals on 24 shot to absorb the loss for the Rangers while Martin Jones won it with a 33 save performance.
The Boston Bruins are scheduled to play their third straight home game when the San Jose Sharks visit on Thursday. Boston fell to 1-1 on their home stand after a 5-4 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.
Buffalo’s Ryan O’Reilly tallied the game winner in the extra session to complete a comeback from a 3-0 deficit. The balance Sabres attack received scoring from Jason Pominville, Jack Eichel, Benoit Pouliot and Evander Kane in regulation with Robin Lehner got the win with 27 stops.
Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak paced the Bruins attack with a pair of goals each while Charlie McAvoy added two helpers. Anton Khudobin faced 42 shots and was charged with all five goals to absorb the loss for Boston.
Sharks are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Atlantic and over is 6-1-1 in Sharks last 8 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game and Sharks are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record. Over is 3-0-1 in Bruins last 4 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game and over is 5-1 in Bruins last 6 vs. Pacific and Bruins are 1-5 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600. Over is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Boston.
The trends are pointing towards plenty of offense in this matchup but goalies need to be confirmed so I’ll update…