Bruins & Sharks To Swim Circles Around The 'Over'

Dana Lane

Sunday, February 19, 2017 3:45 PM UTC

Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 3:45 PM UTC

Eight of the Bruins last nine games have gone over the 'total', Champion Handicapper Dana Lane explain why this trend will continue at the SAP Center tonight.

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Well, we certainly have a little losing streak to overcome but we've always have before so there isn't any reason to think that we won't again with discipline and hard work. We'll continue to find the best number at all SBR approved sportsbooks.

The Boston Bruins are back from week long break and you what that means, sloppy play. If there has been one theme with my columns its that you can always anticipate sloppy play from teams coming off a break. Sloppy play leads to more offensive opportunities. 

Bruin players took full advantage of the break as David Pastrnak spent the time off at a Jamaican resort. Tuukka Rask, Dominic Moore, and Kevan Miller spent their time in California, and even Head Coach Bruce Cassidy got into vacation mode taking his family to Orlando. The players association wanted this break but I'm not sure how good it is for maintaining the flow of a season. 

The Sharks also have to deal with their own hurdles to combat fatigue as they played Saturday in Arizona and then have to fly home to face the B's. The Bruins will have spent more time in Northern California than the Sharks, time to even get a practice under their belt. Word is the practice was a high tempo affair, something Bruin general manager Don Sweeney mentioned when firing former coach Claude Julien.

Recent comments from Sharks Head Coach, Peter DeBoer, has indicated that his team is looking forward to their break which starts after the meeting with the Bruins. It sounds as if he's a little frustrated with the Sharks defensive effort and sloppy play that has left them with five losses in their last seven games, four came in the extra session.

Sharks goaltender Martin Jones has been unreliable recently with his save percentage dropping to .882 in the month of February. The Bruins may not be the team that Jones wants to see considering he allowed three goals on 12 first period shots in the first meeting against Boston, causing him to be pulled after just one period.

The Bruins have scored a power play goal in eight straight games. For our NHL Pick, we say let's get on the 'over' in this one as we break our streak.

Free NHL Pick: Over 5 -135Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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