The San Jose Sharks (35-17-7) meet the Boston Bruins (34-17-8) on Monday night at SAP Center at San Jose.
The Sharks were last in action on Saturday evening when they won 3-2 on home-ice against the Vancouver Canucks, registering their seventh victory in their last eight games in the process.
The Sharks are currently averaging 3.63 Goals per Game, which puts them 3rd in the overall NHL standings. Defensively they are allowing 3.07 Goals per Game, which leaves them 18th. On an individual basis, Joe Pavelski has 31 goals for the Sharks, while Brent Burns has provided 53 assists.
The Boston Bruins last game resulted in a 4-2 win on the road at the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night, which their fifth consecutive win and also their seventh victory in their last eight games.
The Bruins are averaging 2.95 Goals per Game at present, leaving them 18th in the NHL standings. Defensively they are only allowing 2.51 Goals per Game (2nd overall). Dave Pastrnak leads the way in terms of goals scored with 31, but he injured his left thumb after falling over when leaving a sponsorship dinner and is ruled out for at least the couple of weeks. Brad Marchand has contributed 47 assists.
The absence of Pastrnak has to be a factor in our betting predictions for this game between two in-form teams so, with home-ice advantage, the Sharks have to be the tips on the Money Line odds.
Pick: Money Line – San Jose Sharks @ -143 (888sport)