San Jose Sharks vs. Boston Bruins Free Preview 10/29/19

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Evander Kane, Brent Burns, and the San Jose Sharks are set to face off against Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, and the Boston Bruins at TD Garden in an East-West tilt. New England Sports Network will showcase the action, which gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, October 29.

San Jose Sharks at Boston Bruins Odds

San Jose (+170) is currently the underdog to Boston (-200), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been placed at 6 goals (-105 for the over, -115 for the under).

Boston is 8-3 straight up (SU) and has netted 4.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. That win percentage, strongest in the league so far this season, is an improvement compared to what the team managed during the 2018-19 season (49-33). Of the team’s 11 games this season, six have gone over the total, while five have gone under and none have pushed. This year, the team’s 4-1 SU at home.

The Bruins have connected on 32.4 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that places them in the top-5 among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked seventh overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 85.7 percent of all penalties.

Boasting a .952 save percentage and 29.5 saves per game, Tuukka Rask (5-1-1) has been the best option in goal for the Bruins this season. If head coach Bruce Cassidy chooses to rest him, however, the team may turn to Jaroslav Halak (3-2-2 record, .919 save percentage, 2.59 goals against average).

On the other bench, San Jose is 4-8 straight up (SU) and has lost 5.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far. A total of six of its matches have gone over the total, while an additional six have gone under the total and none have pushed. As the visiting team, the Sharks are 2-6 SU so far.

The Sharks have scored on 23.8 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked first overall and it’s successfully killed off 93.2 percent of all penalties.

Martin Jones (24.9 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for San Jose. Jones owns a 2-7-1 record, and has registered a .892 save percentage and 3.39 goals against average this year.

San Jose Sharks vs. Boston Bruins Betting Predictions

Pick: SU Winner – Bruins, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • After going 2-3 in games decided by a shootout last season, the Bruins are off to a 0-1 start in shootouts this year. The Sharks were 0-3 in shootouts last year and has yet to participate in one this time around.
  • For both of these clubs, the over has hit in three of their last five matchups.
  • San Jose skaters registered 21.5 hits per game last season, while the Bruins posted 24.7 hits per contest.