NHL Picks for Bruins vs. Sharks

Ross Benjamin

Saturday, January 11, 2014 5:57 PM GMT

The San Jose Sharks host the Boston Bruins on Saturday at the SAP Center in San Jose, California with the opening faceoff slated for 10:35 PM ET.
According to NHL betting odds San Jose is a -150 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. The road team has won 6 of the last 8 meetings between these two clubs. These teams have seen 4 of their last 5 meetings go under the total. These teams have met once already this season with Boston winning on home ice 2-1. David Krejci scored the winning goal for the Bruins with just 0.8 to go in the 3rd period.
 
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The Standings
 
Boston currently leads the Atlantic Division holding a slim 2-point lead over the 2nd place Tampa Bay Lightning, and a 3-point lead over the 3rd place Montreal Canadians. The Bruins are 2nd overall in the Eastern Conference 8-points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins.
 
San Jose enters tonight 2nd in the Pacific Division 9-points behind the 1st place Anaheim Ducks. The Sharks are 4th overall in the Western Conference 5-points behind both Chicago and St. Louis.
 
Tough Road Trip for Bruins
 
Boston will be playing their final game tonight of a 3-game in 5-day road trip, which will have seen them play the top 3 teams in the Pacific Division. Thus far the results haven’t been favorable. They started the trip with a 5-2 loss at Anaheim on Tuesday, and then dropped a 4-2 decision at Los Angeles on Thursday.
 
Under the Total has been Scarce
 
The Bruins haven’t seen any of their last 10-games go under the total, and just 1 of their last 13 has gone under. As a matter of fact the Bruins have gone over the total in their last 7 road games. The Bruins have seen just 1 of their last 15-games stay under the total when playing on exactly 1-day of rest. Boston is averaging 2.9 goals per game which is 7thbest in the NHL.
 
Stay out of the Shark Tank
 
The San Jose Sharks have earned at least 1-point in 19 of their first 20 home games this season, and have lost just 1 of those 20 during regulation time. The Sharks are one of the more explosive teams offensively in the NHL averaging 3.1 goals per game which is 5th best league wide. Despite their prolific offensive numbers they’ve gone under the total in each of their last 3-games. Joe Thornton has had a terrific start to the season for San Jose. Thornton is currently 5th in the NHL scoring race with 50-points, and he leads the league with 45-assists.

Make sure to check out our NHL Picks of the Day for Saturday
 
NHL Betting System
 
Any road team that’s coming off 6 or more games in which they went over the total, and their outscoring their opponents by an average of 0.2 or more in the 1st period of their games, has gone 45-14 (76.3%) versus the money line since the beginning of the 1996-1997 season. If the game takes place in the 2nd half of the season then the road team improves to 28-6 (82.4%) during that same time frame. Take the Boston Bruins over San Jose Sharks.
NHL Pick: Boston +130 over San Jose