San Jose Sharks (4-4 SU, 3-5 PL, 3-4-1 O/U) vs Boston Bruins (3-4 SU, 2-5 PL, 5-2-0 O/U)
When: 7:05 PM EDT, Thursday, October 26, 2017
Where: TD Garden In Boston, Massachusetts
Lines: Boston -120/ San Jose +109
NHL action on Thursday evening and the San Jose Sharks of the Pacific Division will grapple with the Boston Bruins of the Atlantic Division at TD Garden In Boston, Massachusetts. The Sharks enter this game off a 4-1 road win over the Rangers, while the Bruins come in off a 5-4 OT loss at home to the Sabres. Goalie Probables: The Sharks will send pout Martin Jones in this one and the Bruins will counter with Tuukka Rask.
Jones Has Strong Outing Against The Rangers
The San Jose Sharks did not play all that well at home to start the year, but they have gone 2-1 on this trip so far. They started with a 3-0 win in New Jersey, which was followed by a 5-3 loss to the Islanders, before bouncing back with a 4-1 win over the Rangers. Martin Jones pitched the shutout in New Jersey and they he grabbed the win against the Rangers as he stopped 33 of the 34 shots that he face. He has now won his last four starts and has allowed just five goals in those games. Jones is now 4-2 on the year with a 2.35 GAA, including 2-0 with a 0.50 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 50-34 with a 2.32 GAA on the road and 15-9 with a 2.09 GAA during the month of October, while against the Atlantic Division he has gone 24-8 with a 2.21 GAA, including 1-1 with a 3.79 GAA against the Bruins. Scoring for the Sharks in the win was Logan Couture, which was his 6th in his last four games and 7th of the year, Tim Heed, which was the first of his career, Joonas Donskoi, which was his 2nd of the year and Melker Karlsson, which was his 2nd of the year. The Sharks are a solid team and have played better on the road than at home this year. Last year, they were 20-21 on the road, compared to 26-15 at home.
San Jose has been a poor offensive team so far as they come in ranked 21st in the league in scoring at 2.88 gpg, while also ranking 19th in shots taken (31.2 spg) and 10th in power play conversions, converting on 22.6% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been a bit above average as they come in ranked 14th in goals allowed, giving up 2.75 gpg, while also ranking 5th in shots allowed (29.0 spg) and 4th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 11.1% of their chances.
Bruins Fall In OT To The Sabres
The Boston Bruins are off to a bit of a slow start as they have gone just 3-4 out the game and they come in off a very tough 5-4 home loss to the Buffalo Sabres in OT. The Bruins had a 4-3 lead in the game as it headed to the 3rd period, but the Sabres scored two goals in that period to tie the game and then they won it in OT. it was a very tough loss for the Bruins to take, especially since they are trying to build confidence and get to the postseason, which they missed out on last year. Scoring for the Bruins in the loss was David Pastrnak, who scored twice and now has six goals on the year and Brad Marchand, who also scored twice in the game and he also has six goals on the year. Anton Khudobin got the start in the game as Rask has been sidelined with a concussion and he is now 2-1 with a 2.98 GAA on the year. In his career, he has gone 25-30 with a 2.33 GAA in his home games and 5-9 with a 3.21 GAA during October, while against the 7-9 with a 2.68 GAA and he is 2-1 with a 0.98 GAA in his career against the Sharks. Should Rask get the start, then we note that he is 1-3 with a 3.30 GAA on the year, while in his career, he has gone 113-87 with a 2.11 GAA in his home games and 21-22 with a 2.49 GAA during October, while against the Pacific Division he has gone 26-25 with a 2.53 GAA and he is 5-3 with a 2.87 GAA against the Sharks.
Boston has been solid on offense so far as they rank 9th in the league in scoring at 3.43 gpg, while also ranking 31st in shots taken (28.7 spg) and 3rd in power play conversions, converting on 30.0% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been poor as they come in ranked 26th in goals allowed, giving up 3.71 gpg, while also ranking 11th in shots allowed (31.0 spg) and 14th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 17.9% of their chances.
San Jose is:
- 25-12 in their last 37 games playing on two days rest
- 8-3 in their last 11 vs. the Eastern Conference
- 2-7 in their last nine home games
- 1-5 in their last six home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600
The San Jose Sharks have been playing better now that they have taken to the road and the Bruins have not been a great home team the last few years. Boston has gotten off to a bit of a slow start and they may again be without Tuukka Rask who is still under Concussion protocol. Even if he starts, I see the Sharks taking this one as Martin Jones has been hot and he is 24-8 with a 2.21 GAA in his career against the Atlantic Division. Boston just looks a bit off right now and that should benefit the Sharks as they grab another big road win.