Game Time: 1:00 pm ET, Sunday, October 24, 2021
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, MA
Where to Watch: ESPN+
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Moneyline: Sharks +160, Bruins -190; Over/Under: NL goals
Bet365: Moneyline: Sharks +170, Bruins -200; Over/Under: 6 goals
BetMGM: Moneyline: Sharks +165, Bruins -200; Over/Under: 6 goals
San Jose Sharks: 4-0-0 (2nd place, Pacific Division)
Boston Bruins: 2-1-0 (5th place, Atlantic Division)
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San Jose Sharks vs Boston Bruins Preview and Analysis
San Jose Sharks: won on the road on Oct. 22 against the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3.
Boston Bruins: won at home on Oct. 22 against the Buffalo Sabres 4-1.
San Jose Sharks Analysis
The Sharks are coming into this game with 8 points and a 4-0-0 record overall to start their season off while they are 3-0-0 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. This will be the 4th game of a five-game road trip for the Sharks after playing 3 games straight up in Canada, they are coming into this one on a four-game winning streak with their strong start to this regular season. They beat the Leafs 5-3 on Friday night in the 2nd leg of a back-to-back and they were quite dominant in that game as they never trailed once. Logan Couture led the team in goals in that one with 2 while Timo Meier, Jonathan Dahlen, and Erik Karlsson all had 1 goal each as well. Couture, Meier, Andrew Cogliano, Jacob Middleton, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic all had 1 assist each in that game. Couture also led the team in shots on goal in that one with 6 shots himself. Adin Hill was the starting goaltender in that game and he allowed 3 goals on 33 shots with 30 saves and a .909 sv percentage. Their offense has scored 16 goals in their 4 games this season averaging 4 goals scored per game and they have allowed their opponents to score 7 goals against them in that same span allowing a little under 2 goals per game.
Boston Bruins Analysis
The Bruins are coming into this game with 4 points and a 2-1-0 record overall to start their season while they are 1-0-0 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. The Bruins have won 2 games this season, both by 2 or more goals, and they have lost 1 game to the Philadelphia Flyers by 3 goals. They are coming off of a win on Friday night in Buffalo against the Sabres 4-1. They absolutely dominated in that game, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first period and never looked back. Charlie Coyle, Taylor Hall, Tomas Nosek, and David Pastrnak all had 1 goal each in that game. Coyle along with Brad Marchand both led the team in assists in that one with 2 each while Hall, Patrice Bergeron, and Mike Reilly all had 1 assist each. Pastrnak led the team in shots on goal with 6. Linus Ullmark was their starting goalie in that game making his NHL debut and he allowed 1 goal on 36 shots with 35 saves and a .972 sv percentage in his first start. Their offense has scored 10 goals in their 3 games this season averaging a little over 3 goals scored per game in that span and they have allowed their opponents to score 8 goals against them in that same span allowing a little under 3 goals per game.
Sharks vs Bruins Prediction
The Sharks are coming into this game as a big underdog with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. They have been on fire since the new season started winning all 4 of their games in regulation. The Bruins have also been playing well but their team is getting older and they are faced with a young Sharks team that has been developing over the last 2 years and is finally starting to show some results from their rebuild. They did not even look tired in their back-to-back against the Leafs and were very aggressive in that game. Their defense and goaltending has been very good as well, not allowing a lot of goals in their games this season. They are playing too well to fade right now so the best bets to place in this game is on the Sharks on the puckline to cover the +1.5 or even on the moneyline to win straight up as they have a good chance to do so here.
Sharks Bruins Prediction: Our NHL Pick for Sunday, October 24, 2021 (1:00 pm ET start time) is Sharks 4 Bruins 3.
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San Jose Sharks: A. Barabanov (LW) Ques Sun - Lower Body injury. E. Kane (LW) Elig Nov 30 - Poss. Suspension. N. Knyzhov (D) Mid Dec - Lower Body injury. J. Viel (LW) Mid Nov - Finger injury.
Boston Bruins: C. Smith (RW) Ques Sun - Undisclosed injury. A. Blidh (LW) Out Sun - Upper Body injury. N. Foligno (LW) Out Sun - Upper Body injury. C. Lazar (C) Out indefinitely - Upper Body injury.
Players to Watch
San Jose Sharks: Logan Couture is one player to watch in this matchup. He leads the team in points and in goals this season and he is starting to take charge and lead the team on offense in their games. He is coming off of a game where he had 2 goals and 1 assist also leading his team in shots on goal in that game. Look for him to continue to be a force on offense in this game and help his team find the back of the net.
Boston Bruins: Brad Marchand is one player to watch in this contest. He leads his team in points, goals, and assists this season and has been their main source of offense since the season started. He is coming off of a game where he did not score a goal but he led the team in assists with 2 and was setting his teammates up with chances all night. Look for him to be heavily involved in this offense as they will need him to do his thing in this game to get their scoring chances.
“It was another team win. We’re finding our identity.” - Timo Meier after their win in Toronto on Friday night.
“Good for Linus. I’m sure he wanted to play well here specifically, and play well in his first game no matter where he played. But, more importantly here.” - Bruce Cassidy on the way their goaltending was with Linus Ullmark making his first start in their win over Buffalo on Friday.
San Jose Sharks
LW Dahlén, Jonathan
C Couture, Logan
RW Meier, Timo
LD Ferraro, Mario
RD Burns, Brent
G Reimer, James
LW Marchand, Brad
C Bergeron, Patrice
RW Pastrnak, David
LD Forbort, Derek
RD McAvoy, Charlie
G Ullmark, Linus
San Jose Sharks
Points: L. Couture (7)
Goals: L. Couture (3)
Assists: T. Meier (5)
GAA: J. Reimer (1.00)
Points: B. Marchand (5)
Goals: B. Marchand (3)
Assists: B. Marchand (2)
GAA: L. Ullmark (1.00)
San Jose Sharks: Bob Boughner (3rd season)
Boston Bruins: Bruce Cassidy (6th season)