Back Sharks -125 As Your NHL Pick Against Struggling Bruins

Dana Lane

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 9:41 PM GMT

Bruins, ranked fifth in my power ratings, maintain a one point lead in the Atlantic Division and take on the Sharks. This could easily be a Stanley Cup preview. See my NHL pick inside.

Boston Bruins vs. San Jose Sharks
The National Hockey League playoff picture is far from decided. Every game matters like it was the final and tonight is no exception. Neither the Bruins or the Sharks are in danger of missing the playoffs but their seeding has yet to be determined. The Sharks are +1500 to win the Cup while Boston is +1800.  

This is the most important trip of the year for Boston, not just because of their playoff position, but because the West Coast has not been friendly to them despite having the best road record in the league (23-7-3). Against the Ducks, Kings, and Sharks, Boston is 0-3 while being outscored 20-8. Hard to forget a home thrashing, 9-2, brought on by Los Angeles. The Sharks have their own success beating Boston two straight times, outscoring them 12-8. 

There is no denying that for the first time this season Boston goaltender, Tuukka Rask, has finally started to look like the Vezina Trophy candidate that we all expected him to be. In his last nine games, Rask is 6-1-2 with a 2.08 GAA and a .936 save percentage. The only knock against Rask has been his ability to shake off bad goals and stay mentally focused.  

The Sharks are five points behind the Los Angeles Kings in the Pacific and three points behind Anaheim for second. If they pass either the Ducks or the Kings they will have home ice advantage in the playoffs. 

San Jose is coming off an impressive win against the future President's Cup Trophy winner Washington Capitals. They still have only one regulation loss in the month of March. It was a win they needed on their resume' because the knock on the Sharks has always been their inability to step up in big situations. 

Although San Jose can feel good about the Capitals win they still have plenty to prove especially at home where they are just 13-15-3 and losers of three of their last four. They haven't won two consecutive home games since January 9th, going 5-3-3 since. 

Back-up, James Reimer, gets the call between the pipes tonight for the Sharks. Reimer has played exceptionally well in his last two starts despite the 1-1 record. He owns a 1.53 goals against average and a impressive .946 save percentage including a 31 save shutout against Edmonton. 

 

Betting Analysis
As we saw against the Capitals, the Sharks have always had a knack for beating quality teams at home. In their last 56 games, the Sharks are an impressive 41-15 against teams with a road winning percentage over .600. To dive in that even more, San Jose is 13-3 against teams that have allowed two goals or less in their previous game.  

Just a note on the NHL odds boards 'Total', the 'over' is 18-7-2 in the Sharks last 27 home games and 17-6-3 in their last 26 games after a win. 

I'm backing the Sharks as my NHL picks to get another impressive victory. @DanaLaneSports

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Free NHL Pick: San Jose Sharks -125
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