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The Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks meet Saturday in NHL action at the SAP Center. The Boston Bruins look to build on their three-game winning streak. The San Jose Sharks need a win after losing 11 of their last 14 games.
The Boston Bruins are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 28 goals, Brad Marchand has 28 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 180 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Linus Ullmark has given up 72 goals on 795 shots faced, and Jeremy Swayman has allowed 45 goals on 602 shots.
The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Timo Meier leads San Jose with 23 goals, Brent Burns has 30 assists and Thomas Hertl has 139 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 85.4 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Adin Hill has allowed 61 goals on 619 shots faced, and James Reimer has allowed 83 goals on 957 shots.
The Bruins are 13-6 in their last 19 road games and 7-0 in their last 7 Saturday games. The Sharks are 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 1-7 in their last 8 overall. The under is 4-0-2 in Bruins last 6 overall. The under is 4-1 in Sharks last 5 games following a win. The Bruins are 8-0 in the last 8 meetings.
The Boston Bruins are quietly racking up the points again, and they’ve been consistent on the road. The San Jose Sharks have had issues all year stringing wins together, and they haven’t been great at home as of late. Also, the Sharks haven’t beaten the Bruins since March 2016. I’ll side with history here and take the Bruins and the PL.