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Here’s your Boston Hockey Now Boston Bruins Game Day Preview:Boston Bruins (30-4-4, 64 pts) @ San Jose Sharks (12-20-8, 32 pts)TIME: 10:30 P.M. ETTV: NESN, NBCSCARadio: 98.5 The Sports HubHere’s the Barstool Sportsbook Betting lines. Don’t forget to click here for the NHN Barstool Sportsbook Promo!Money Line: Bruins (-250), Sharks (+200)Puck Line: Bruins -1.5 (-105), ...
Here’s your Boston Hockey Now Boston Bruins Game Day Preview:
Boston Bruins (30-4-4, 64 pts) @ San Jose Sharks (12-20-8, 32 pts)
TIME: 10:30 P.M. ET
TV: NESN, NBCSCA
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Here’s the Barstool Sportsbook Betting lines. Don’t forget to click here for the NHN Barstool Sportsbook Promo!
Money Line: Bruins (-250), Sharks (+200)
Puck Line: Bruins -1.5 (-105), Penguins +1.5 (-117)
Over/Under: OVER 6.5 (-104), UNDER 6.5 (-117)
Boston Bruins Notes
-The Boston Bruins will be without winger Jake DeBrusk for at least the next month, but their depth is already shining once again. David Pastrnak and Trent Frederic each scored two goals and Brad Marchand lit the lamp as well in a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.
-All Star goalie Linus Ullmark is expected to be back between the pipes for the Bruins tonight. After going 21-1-1 with a 1.86 GAA and .939 save percentage, Ullmark was named to his first NHL All-Star game this past Thursday.
-This is the second game of a three-game road trip that concludes tomorrow night in Anaheim against the Ducks. The Bruins are now 11-4-1 away from the friendly confines of TD Garden where they are now 18-0-3.
San Jose Sharks Notes
-The San Jose Sharks are just finding ways to lose this season. The Sharks blew another two-goal lead in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Ducks on Friday night in Anaheim.
-Erik Karlsson is having a renaissance season with 13 goals and 41 assists. He leads the Sharks in assists and points.
-Timo Meir leads the Sharks in goals with 23 lamplighters.
Boston Bruins Lineup:
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak
Taylor Hall-David Krejci-Pavel Zacha
Trent Frederic-Charlie Coyle-Craig Smith
Nick Foligno-Tomas Nosek-AJ Greer
Hampus Lindholm-Charlie McAvoy
Matt Grzelcyk-Brandon Carlo
Derek Forbort-Connor Clifton
San Jose Sharks Lineup:
Timo Meier-Tomas Hertl-Kevin Labanc
Matt Nieto-Logan Couture-Alexander Barabanov
Nick Bonino-Nico Sturm-Evgeny Svechnikov
Jonah Gadjovich-Steven Lorentz-Oskar Lindblom
Jaycob Megna-Erik Karlsson
Marc-Edouard Vlasic-Matt Benning
Scott Harrington-Mario Ferraro
The Nevada men’s basketball team plays at San Jose State on Saturday at Provident Credit Union Event Center. Nevada Sports Net’s Chris Murray breaks down the game with his three keys to victory and prediction. This feature is presented in partnership with Bradley, Drendel & Jeanney.Nevada (13-3, 3-0 MW) at San Jose State (11-5, 2-1)...
The Nevada men’s basketball team plays at San Jose State on Saturday at Provident Credit Union Event Center. Nevada Sports Net’s Chris Murray breaks down the game with his three keys to victory and prediction. This feature is presented in partnership with Bradley, Drendel & Jeanney.
When: Saturday, 1 p.m.
Where: Provident Credit Union Event Center (5,000 capacity)
TV/Radio: Nevada Sports Net/94.5 FM
Betting line: No line posted yet
1. A fast start: San Jose State is one of those teams that likes to play slow. It ranks 351st in tempo this season, which is a bottom-15 mark in the nation. If the Spartans get an early lead, they can dictate the pace for the rest of the game by slowing things down and limiting the number of possessions. On the flip side, if Nevada gets an early lead, it will force SJSU to play faster than it would prefer. That’s exactly what the Wolf Pack did in its last road game, a 75-69 win at Air Force where Nevada took a 17-3 lead early on (the Falcons rank 344th in tempo, a near identical pace to SJSU). Despite SJSU’s massive improvement this season, the crowd won’t be big for this game as the Spartans draw an announced 1,688 fans per home game. So, Nevada must self-motivate for a quick start against this dangerous foe.
2. Win at the line: Nevada has made a MW-best 303 free throws and ranks sixth nationally in free throw percent (79.9). Its 379 attempts rank second in the MW behind New Mexico (382). The Wolf Pack has made more free throws than its opponents have attempted (303 to 280), which is always a great stat. This area has been so dominant for Nevada it has been outscored from the line just once (at UT Arlington). The Wolf Pack outscores its opponent by 6.4 ppg from the line, a huge deal considering how many close games Nevada plays. While the Wolf Pack’s ability to get to the line is well documented, Nevada fouls a lot – 24.5 percent of its defensive plays, 44th worst nationally. The good news for Nevada is SJSU isn’t good at drawing fouls. It is one of three MW teams to be outscored from the free throw line this season (Air Force and Fresno State are the other two). This should be a big Pack edge.
3. Match the physicality: The thing that stands out most about SJSU is how physical it is in the paint. The Spartans are a big team that basically has a nine-man rotation with all but one player – 6-foot-1 point guard Alvaro Cardenas – standing 6-5 or taller. That includes six players 6-7 or taller led by 7-footer Ibrahima Diallo (formerly at Ohio State) and 6-9 Tibet Gorener (formerly at Arizona). This size shows up in two areas – rebounding and paint defense. SJSU outrebounds opponents by a MW-best 10.4 boards per game (New Mexico is second at plus-6.0). The Spartans’ total rebound rate of 55.9 ranks 11th in the nation (Nevada is at 49.5 percent, 201st). That size also helps SJSU limit opponents to 43.9 percent shooting on 2-pointers, 19th best nationally. The Wolf Pack is coming off a game in which it made 19-of-25 two-pointers. Things will be much more rugged down low against a physical SJSU squad.
SJSU 69, Nevada 66: I’ve been doing “Three Keys and a Prediction” for Nevada basketball games since the 2008-09 season, meaning this is the 15th year of the feature. During that span, I’ve never picked Nevada to lose to San Jose State (that’s 24 games). The Wolf Pack hasn’t won all of them, but it is 22-2 against the Spartans during that period (a home loss in February 2014 and a road loss in January 2020). This is the long way of me saying I’ve never been able to pick SJSU to beat Nevada in good faith. But this SJSU team is legit. In MW play, it beat UNLV at home; it beat Colorado State on the road; and it lost at Boise State on a 3-pointer by Marcus Shaver Jr. with 2.4 seconds remaining. Nevada is the better team, but SJSU’s rebounding could pose problems for the Wolf Pack. And I never get to pick SJSU! So, I’m doing so in this game. Season record: 14-2
Columnist Chris Murray provides insight on Northern Nevada sports. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter at @ByChrisMurray.
Bruins vs. Sharks Odds Bruins Odds -275 Sharks Odds +220 Over/Under 6.5 (+105 / -125) Time...
|Over/Under||6.5 (+105 / -125)|
|Time||10:30 p.m. ET|
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One night after a tough 5-4 overtime loss to the lowly Anaheim Ducks, the San Jose Sharks will host the Boston Bruins.
With a 30-4-4 record, Boston is winning at a historically high mark, and it almost seems unnoticed that the Bruins are still 7-0-3 over their past 10 games.
As you’d expect, San Jose is a heavy underdog at +220, but are oddsmakers fully accounting for the gulf between these rosters enough with that number?
As we approach the NHL season’s halfway mark, it becomes an interesting time to acknowledge that the Bruins are currently on pace to finish with the highest point total in the history of the NHL.
Here’s a graph (per StatMuse) that illustrates the all-time greatest NHL sides:
The Bruins are currently on a 141-point pace through 38 games (1.68 PPG, .842 point %). As you can see above, that would have Boston smashing the previous record.
It’s worth noting that the NHL’s current system that employs a winner in every contest and a point for overtime/shootout losses is favorable to racking up all-time points totals.
What Boston is doing is unheard of, and the team enters this matchup still at near full-health with Jake Debrusk the only meaningful absence. It seems realistic the Bruins’ win percentage will not dip meaningfully in the second half.
The Bruins manage the puck as well as anybody in the league, and do so with arguably the league’s best defensive core with a number of elite two-way forwards.
A 54% expected goals rate throughout the last 10 outings is actually somewhat of a decline from what we saw in the early going, albeit still an elite share of the overall play. Couple that rate with some stellar finishers and arguably the league’s best netminder, and it’s no surprise
Boston has won 23 of its 38 total games by two or more goals, and the Bruins own an incredible goal differential of +60, which is 30 goals better than the next-best team in the league.
Jeremy Swayman started Thursday against Los Angeles, so we should see Linus Ullmark in the net for the Bruins on Saturday.
Ullmark is the current front runner for the Vezina Trophy for top goaltender, and has played to a +21.5 goals saved above expected rating and .939 save % throughout 25 games played.
With 32 points in 40 games, the Sharks are now sitting with the fourth-worst points % in the NHL, and they are quietly sneaking their way into excellent lottery position to potentially draft Connor Bedard.
We likely will not see San Jose trend anywhere near Anaheim, Chicago and Columbus big picture considering its far better underlying results, but in another season without potentially three historically bad teams, San Jose’s struggles may be drawing more attention.
San Jose has actually played to a very strong 53.59 xGF% over the last 10 games. That mark has included a number of opponents who get entirely caved in with regard to underlying metrics, however, and the Sharks may be less due for better results than that mark suggests.
The Sharks feature a significantly below-average amount of true scoring talent in the lineup, and both regular netminders figure to continue playing to well-below-average results moving forward.
James Reimer should start Saturday for the Sharks in goal. Reimer has played to a -6.4 goals saved above expected rating and .895 save % throughout 21 appearances.
The gap between the NHL’s most elite sides and the league’s very worst is beginning to appear far wider in this 2022-23 campaign than we have seen throughout much of the salary cap era.
On top of that, the gap between the Boston Bruins and any other team has been quite meaningful.
The Bruins catch the Sharks on the second night of a back-to-back here, and looking away from the square take in this matchup does not make much sense. Boston is the better team by a heavy margin, and I think if anything, -260 underestimates the Bruins’ chances to win this game.
Boston has covered the spread in in 60.53% of its games this year, yet the Bruins are still available at -105 to do so tonight in this matchup. It’s quite likely that percentage trends down moving forward. But not tonight against a very weak San Jose squad in a bad schedule spot, where -105 is still a good number.
Pick: Boston Bruins -1.5 -105 (Play to -120)
The Toronto Maple Leafs will be buyers before the March 3 trade deadline, meanwhile the San Jose Sharks are at the other end of the spectrum, as general manager (GM) Mike Grier will look to sell off some of the team’s assets. This is likely going to include star forward Timo Meier and if this is indeed the case, Leafs GM Kyle Dubas needs to be ready with a trade package Grier can’t refuse.Meier is the absolute perfect fit for the Ma...
The Toronto Maple Leafs will be buyers before the March 3 trade deadline, meanwhile the San Jose Sharks are at the other end of the spectrum, as general manager (GM) Mike Grier will look to sell off some of the team’s assets. This is likely going to include star forward Timo Meier and if this is indeed the case, Leafs GM Kyle Dubas needs to be ready with a trade package Grier can’t refuse.
Meier is the absolute perfect fit for the Maple Leafs top six and even though it would be a significant trade package heading to sunny California, the Sharks winger is the type of impact player who could push the Maple Leafs over the hump and into Stanley Cup contention.
Right now, head coach Sheldon Keefe is having to play Calle Jarnkrok on the team’s second line. By adding Meier, it allows for Jarnkrok to be pushed down the depth chart and move back to his natural position at right wing alongside David Kampf and Alexander Kerfoot. This is the type of balance Toronto needs as they gear up for what Leafs Nation is hoping is a long Stanley Cup Playoff run.
Meier plays at heavy game, meaning he isn’t afraid to finish his check, he’s willing to go to the dirty areas of the ice and he loves to battle. There’s also a ton of offense and skill to his game, as he currently sits with 21 goals and 38 points in 39 games this season. It’s not often you can add someone with this type of skillset to an already talented forward group and Dubas and company need to pounce on this opportunity.
All signs have pointed to the Sharks going into full tank mode the rest of the season as they will try to increase their odds of landing 2023 top prospect Connor Bedard. And if you’ve watched any of the World Juniors you know why. Grier essentially started the Sharks’ rebuilding process when the team traded away long-time defenseman Brent Burns and now his attention will be on a few other assets, including Meier, who is a pending restricted free agent at season’s end.
Meier’s $10 million qualifying offer shouldn’t scare Dubas and company away as they can work out a long-term contract extension and drive the average annual value of his salary down. Toronto isn’t loaded with cap space for next season, however if they have a chance to make a splash this season, why not focus on the present? Considering Dubas doesn’t have a contract for 2023-24, it could be something that benefits everyone involved.
As you can see in the above clip, my colleague Peter Baracchini enlightened me on Meier as a trade target a few weeks ago on an episode of our Maple Leafs Lounge podcast.
John Tavares and William Nylander are in need of a power forward to play alongside them on the second line. They need someone who is going to go to the front of the net and battle. They need someone who thinks at their elite offensive level, to make plays and create offense out of nothing at times. No offence to Jarnkrok, but Meier has all of these tools and could help drive the top six from being a talented group, to a dominant one.
Meier’s is also physical presence who has recorded 87 hits this season, compared to just 24 from Jarnkrok, which would put him first on the Maple Leafs in this category. His 21 goals would rank him second on the team and his 38 points would rank fourth. There’s no denying he’s a talented player and one who would look really good in blue and white.
The Maple Leafs have some serious talent among their prospect group and enough talent to entice Grier and the Sharks to bite. I do think NCAA prospect Matthew Knies is untouchable at this point, however the Leafs can get this deal done without having to move Knies to San Jose.
If Meier is going to end up in Toronto, it’s likely going to take the Maple Leafs sending two high-end prospects, a first-round pick and someone off their roster to help balance out the finances. There’s also a possibility the Sharks retain some of Meier’s $6 million cap hit or another team, say the Chicago Blackhawks, who are willing to make a three-way trade to eat some salary and be rewarded with either a prospect or future draft pick.
If I was asked to present a deal to the Sharks their GM would take seriously, I’d offer the oft-injured Nick Robertson, prospect Topi Niemela, a first-round pick in 2023 and Pierre Engvall and his $2.25 million cap hit for the rest of this season. It’s a significant package, there’s no denying that, however if you think the Sharks are going to settle for anything less for their best player who is 26 years old and in the prime of his career, think again. This is the type of blockbuster trade Dubas and the Maple Leafs should try and pull off ahead of this season’s trade deadline.
Shane’s been a part of The Hockey Writers team since 2020, covering the Toronto Maple Leafs & Pittsburgh Penguins. A constant contributor, his versatile perspective on game results and everything off the ice produces diverse content. You can also find him on the Maple Leafs Lounge podcast with Peter Baracchini and Alex Hobson. Follow along on Twitter @ShugMcSween
San Jose State Spartans (11-4) vs. Boise State Broncos (10-4)The Line: Boise State Broncos -9.5 / San Jose State Spartans +9.5; Over/Under: +125.5 (Click here for latest betting odds)The San Jose State Spartans and the Boise State Broncos meet in college basketball action from the ExtraMile Arena on Tuesday night.The San Jose State Spartans will be out to build off of a 78-70 win over Colorado State last time out. Omari Moore leads ...
San Jose State Spartans (11-4) vs. Boise State Broncos (10-4)
The Line: Boise State Broncos -9.5 / San Jose State Spartans +9.5; Over/Under: +125.5 (Click here for latest betting odds)
The San Jose State Spartans and the Boise State Broncos meet in college basketball action from the ExtraMile Arena on Tuesday night.
The San Jose State Spartans will be out to build off of a 78-70 win over Colorado State last time out. Omari Moore leads the Spartans in scoring with 15 PPG along with 4.7 RPG and a team-high 4.7 APG to also lead the Spartans in assists while Sage Tolbert III also has 10 PPG with a team-high 8.3 RPG to lead the Spartans in rebounding, capping off the pair of double-digit scorers for San Jose State so far this season. As a team, San Jose State is averaging 69.8 PPG on 45.8% shooting from the field, 35.3% from behind the three-point line and 66.9% from the foul line this season.
The Boise State Broncos will try to bounce back from a 74-72 loss to Nevada last time out. Marcus Shaver Jr. has 15.5 PPG, 6.9 RPG and 4 APG while Tyson Degenhart has 13 PPG with 5.3 RPG as well this season. Max Rice has 11.6 PPG while Chibuzo Agbo has 11.3 PPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Boise State up to this point in the season. As a team, Boise State is averaging 70.7 PPG on 43.7% shooting from the field, 35% from three and 72.4% from the foul line this season.
San Jose State is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a win while the over is 8-1 in their last 9 road games against a team with a home winning percentage above .600. Boise State is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games while the under is 9-1 in their last 10 home games.
I like the direction of this Boise State team and they’ve played well against lesser competition at home this season. However, while Boise is the better team here, San Jose State’s done a good job competing in a lot of their recent games and actually have multiple wins in the underdog role this season. I think this is a game where Boise State probably wins, but San Jose State covers, so give me the Spartans and the points here.