NHL Picks: Sharks vs. Bruins Betting Analysis

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, October 24, 2013 1:28 PM GMT

The San Jose Sharks visit the TD Garden in Boston on Thursday to take on the Bruins with the opening faceoff at 7:05 PM ET. Let's check on the NHL betting lines.

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San Jose Sharks (8-1) @ Boston Bruins (6-2)

According to current NHL betting odds Boston is a -115 money line home favorite and the total is 5.0. The goaltenders scheduled for tonight are Tuukka Rask for Boston and Antti Niemi for San Jose. The road team has won 6 of the last 7-games played between these 2 teams. San Jose has won its last 4-games played in Boston. 

Shark Fest 

San Jose is off to a terrific 8-1 start to the season. Their only blemish came in an overtime shootout loss at Dallas 4-3. The Sharks last played on Monday and came away with a 1-0 overtime shootout win over Detroit.  Antti Niemi earned his first shutout of the season stopping all 24 shots on goal. Niemi has started in all 9-games and has posted a stellar 1.64 GAA and a .930 save percentage. Despite being held to their lowest goal output of the season versus Detroit, the Sharks remain #1 in the NHL averaging 4.3 goals per game. San Jose has an incredible +2.6 goal per game differential this season. Dating back to last season San Jose is 18-6 in their last 24-games versus an opponent with a winning record. 

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Big Bad Bruins

The Bruins come off a decisive 5-2 road win at Buffalo last night that extended their win streak to 3-games. Backup goaltender Chad Johnson made his first start of the season in the win and stopped 14 of 16 Sabres shots on goal. Tuukka Rask will be back between the pipes for the Bruins this evening. Rask has been nothing short of spectacular in his 7-starts in 2013 posting an excellent 1.29 GAA, and a magnificent .954 save percentage. Boston has gone a very profitable 29-10 in their last 39 after scoring 5-goals or more in their previous game. 

Final Analysis 

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Boston is #2 in the NHL while San Jose is #3 in goals allowed per game. Both #1 goaltenders will play tonight and have been extremely sharp to start the season. Since the start of the 1996-1997 year the specifics entering tonight favor a low scoring affair. Since that time any home team with a total of 5.0 or less that comes off a road win versus a division opponent, versus an opponent coming off a 1-goal win on the road has seen 26 of those 33-game go under the total. That’s a 78.8% winning rate favoring the under. My NHL picks case is closed.

Free Pick: San Jose/Boston to go under the total of 5.0.