NHL Lines: Boston Bruins vs. San Jose Sharks Betting Preview 02/18/19

February 18th, 2019 NHL Hockey

At the beginning of the season San Jose was tabbed as a team to watch in the Western Conference.  But the first two months of the season were a turnoff to many gamblers due to consistent failures with the NHL lines.  Since then the Sharks have become one of the hottest teams on the pro hockey board.  Presently San Jose is in a heated race with Calgary for the top spot in the Pacific Division.  Boston has been in good form as well recently.  However, their problem is being in the same division as the dominant Tampa Bay Lightning.

Boston Bruins vs. San Jose Sharks

Date and Time:  Monday, February 18, 2019, 10 p.m. ET

Location:  SAP Center, San Jose, California

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Bruins+1½ (-210)6 (-110)
Sharks-1½ (+175)6 (-110)
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Bruins vs. Sharks TV Coverage:  NBCSN

Boston Bruins

Late on Boston has gotten back on track with five wins in their last six games.  Three of their last four have gone over the total.  NHL metrics have Boston ranked 16th for goal scoring and third for goals against.  As a result, the Bruins are 32-17-6-2 with just 22 of their 57 games going over the total. Toronto leads Boston by a single point for the second spot in the Atlantic Division.

San Jose Sharks

San Jose has overtaken Calgary for the top spot in the Pacific Division.  Accordingly, they have been one of the hottest teams on the board.  Gamblers have cashed in on six of the Sharks last seven games.  Eight of San Jose’s last ten games have gone over the total.   The Sharks rank second in the NHL for goal scoring and 16th for goals against.  And special teams have been strong with rankings of fifth for the power play and eighth for penalty killing.  Owing to that is a record of 34-16-4-3 with only 21 games going under the total.

Important Names on the Ice

Decidedly left wing Brad Marchand is a major Boston asset with 22 goals and 47 assists.  Counter to that is San Jose’s Joe Pavelski with 30 goals.

Stats to Consider

Boston has been a good value with the NHL lines in recent road games.  As an example, the Bruins have won six of their last ten matchups away from home.  Just two of their last six road tilts have gone under over the total.  Balanced against that are the dominant numbers by San Jose on home ice.  In their last 20 games at SAP Center the Sharks have paid 15 times.  And only three of their last five home games have gone over the total.

Team vs. Team

Head to head Boston has had the edge in this sportsbook series.  To illuminate the Bruins have won seven of their last ten against the Sharks.  Four of the last five between these teams went under the total.  Further, Boston has come away with the cash in five of their last eight games at San Jose.  Eight of the last nine between these teams at SAP Center went under the total.

Bruins vs. Sharks NHL Lines Picks

In this situation Boston holds the goaltending edge with the NHL lines.  Martin Jones and Aaron Dell of San Jose are both under .900 for save percentages.  While Boston netminders Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak are both over .920.

NHL Betting Online Pick: Boston Bruins

NHL Betting Online Score Prediction: Bruins 3, Sharks 2

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