Two of the hottest teams in the National Hockey League are set to square off on Monday night in San Jose. The Sharks have won seven of their last eight games to climb near the top of the Western Conference standings. The Boston Bruins have won five straight games and look like a Stanley Cup contender again this season. San Jose is at the top of the Pacific Division with 77 points and will be a tough out in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Bruins have racked up 76 points so far this season, but are still well in back of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Atlantic Division. San Jose is one of the best scoring teams in the NHL, while the Bruins don’t give up many opportunities.
Sharks vs. Bruins Odds
The San Jose Sharks are -150 in this matchup with the Boston Bruins. The over/under for total goals scored is set at 6.0 goals.
Spread: San Jose -150
Sharks vs. Bruins Head to Head
This is the first meeting between the Sharks and Bruins this season. Boston won both of the meetings between these two teams a season ago, outscoring the Sharks by a count of 5-2 in those games.
Sharks vs. Bruins Stats
The San Jose Sharks are the third-highest scoring team in the NHL, averaging 3.63 goals per game. The Sharks have been great on special teams this season, converting 24 percent of their power-play chances, and killing off 82.6 percent of their penalties. Defenseman Brent Burns leads the Sharks with 53 assists and 64 points this season. Goaltender Martin Jones leads the team with 28 wins while posting a 2.88 goals against average.
Boston is only averaging 2.95 goals per game this season, but are allowing just 2.51 per contest. The 2.51 goals allowed per game is the second-lowest mark in the NHL, and goaltenders Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak are a big reason why. The duo has combined to record six shutouts this season, and are hard to score on. Left Winger Brad Marchand leads the Bruins with 47 assists and 70 points on the season.
Sharks vs. Bruins News
The San Jose Sharks are one of the few teams in the NHL that don’t have any major injury concerns at the moment. The Sharks recently got Erik Karlsson back onto the ice after the defender missed nine games with a lower-body injury.
The Bruins will be without David Pastrnak for this game against the Sharks. Pastrnak underwent surgery last week to repair an injured thumb and is expected to return in a week. The forward has scored 31 goals and registered 35 assists this season.
Sharks vs. Bruins Predictions
If Boston can slow this game down, then they will have a chance to pick up a solid road win. The Bruins don’t have the ability to score a ton of goals, especially without Pastrnak on the ice. Expect San Jose to be aggressive on offense, and use their special teams to take control of this game. Bet the San Jose Sharks -150 over the Boston Bruins.