San Jose Sharks vs Boston Bruins Expert NHL Picks 10/29/2019
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins (8-1-2, 2nd in the Atlantic Division) host the San Jose Sharks (4-7-1, 7th in the Pacific Division) at TD Garden on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. The Bruins open this matchup at -180 while the Sharks are priced at +162. The total has been set at 6. The Sharks are covering 33.3% of the time, having gone 4-8 SU. Boston covers 72.7% of the time, going 8-3 straight up.
The San Jose Sharks step onto the ice with a record of 4 victories and 7 losses, ranking them 7th in the Pacific Division. Thus far in the season, they have racked up a total of 31 goals which ranks 9th in the West and 20th in the NHL. Their goal differential is -12, ranking them 29th in the NHL. The Sharks have earned a total of 9 points, which ranks 24th in the NHL and 12th in the West. Regarding shots toward the net, they have earned a total of 340 which ranks 10th in the Western Conference and 22nd in the NHL. As a group, San Jose currently has a total of 198 hits which means they have an average of 16.5 per game. They have earned a total of 103 blocks for the year. The man looking after the goal for San Jose is Martin Jones from North Vancouver, British Columbia. He is 30 years old and has played 478 mins in net for the season. Jones is allowing 3.39 GAA which places him at 17th in the West and 36th in the NHL among goalies. So far this year, he has given up 27 goals. His save percentage is .892 which places him at 16th in the West.
The San Jose Sharks will need a bounce back game after taking a 5 - 2 defeat to the Ottawa Senators the last time they stepped on the ice. The Sharks had an offensive game that was below their expectations in the defeat. For this game, they netted 2 out of the 36 shots they put on goal. They also had 6 power play chances and scored 1 goal out of those chances. San Jose ended up with 8 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Sharks sat at 38 and the Corsi against was 40 which tells us they had a Corsi percentage of 48.7%. Their Fenwick sat at 21 while the Fenwick against was 29, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 42.0%. They took 10 face-off wins at even strength and lost 20 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 60.0% and they had a PDO of 79.9 for this one. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Ottawa Senators racked up 30 shots. They ended the game with 12 minutes in the box and they tallied 4 power play opportunities.
The Bruins will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the campaign they sit with 8 wins and 1 loss. Regarding goal differential, they rank 1st in the Eastern Conference and 2nd in the NHL with +13. They have a total of 36 goals for the season which ranks them 7th in the Eastern Conference. Boston has a save % as a team of .934 which currently has them sitting 1st in the NHL, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.8% putting them at 12th in the East. In net for Boston is Tuukka Rask who is having a good campaign by allowing only 1.48 goals per contest and that has him 1st in the Eastern Conference and 1st among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 364 minutes he's played this year, he has allowed 9 goals. His save % is .952, which has him ranked 1st in the Eastern Conference and 1st among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Boston Bruins played the New York Rangers in a game where the Bruins notched a victory by a tally of 7 - 4. In this outing, Boston went home with a 62.8% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 59 and their opponent having a Corsi of 35. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 63.4% by way of having a Fenwick of 45 and the Rangers earning a 26 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Boston played and it tells us that they played really well in this game. They had a PDO at even strength of 104.2 and they earned an oZS percentage of 60.7%. The Bruins netted 7 goals out of the 43 shots on goal they pursued. They had 2 power play attempts in this game but were not able to net one. As for their opponent, the Rangers had 5 power play attempts and were able to tally 1 goal. Boston allowed 29 shots on goal and the Rangers racked up 6 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Boston (-180)
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