Tonights NHL Picks- February 28 2014

We had a profitable night last night but we were yet again very close to a perfect 4-0 night. The Leafs lost in overtime while the Coyotes lost in a shootout, resulting in 2-2 night for us, and we add a small profit of 0.14 units to the bankroll. It was nice to see the Red Wings dominate the Senators as underdogs (2.19) cashing a nice system pick for us. Moving onto today, we have one pick going, plus a system pick:

San Jose Sharks @ Buffalo Sabres: SHARKS in Regulation 1.89

The Sabers have managed to pull off back to back victories, first a 3-2 win over Carolina on Monday, then a 5-4 overtime victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, despite getting out-shot 71-44 in those two games. The Sharks appeared happy to be back on the ice last night as they absolutely pounded the Flyers 7-3, giving the Sharks their 3rd win in a row, defeating their opponents by a combined score of 12-6 across those three games. Before the Sabres put together their mini two game winning streak, they had lost 4 in a row, and were outscored 18-6. The Sabres continue to have the worst offense in the League, scoring just 1.90 goals per game, while allowing an average of 2.95 goals against per game (24th). The Sharks are playing on no rest but note that in such a situation the Sharks are 4-2 on the season, and a perfect 3-0 on no days rest after a win. Antti Niemi is the probable starter tonight for San Jose and should be well rested as Alex Stalock was between the pipes last night against Philadelphia. Niemi is 29-12-6 on the season, and has a 2.39 GAA (15th) and a .912 SV% (25th). The Sharks are one of the most disciplined teams in the NHL, taking just 8.8 penalty minutes per game on average (4th), and have a strong penalty kill unit that is 84.2% overall (6th), and have gone a sensational 90% on the penalty kill over their last 10 games. The Sabres have the 5th worst power play in the League (14.6%) and are 81.8% on their own penalty kill which currently ranks 14th overall. The Buffalo penalty kill unit allowed Boston to score on 2 of 4 of their chances on Wednesday. The Sharks are great at getting shots on net, currently ranked 1st overall for shots with 34.8 shots per game, while the Sabres are allowing 34.2 shots against per game, ranked 28th overall. Scoring slowed a bit for the Sharks as they scored just 2.00 goals per game over their last 10 games, however the 7 goal effort last night should be an indication that the Sharks offense is back to their usual form, as they are the 7th highest scoring team in the League today with 2.88 goals per game. The San Jose defense allows just 2.33 goals against per game on average, ranked 5th overall, and have allowed just 2.20 GA/G over their last 10 games, while the Sabres have allowed a whopping 3.60 goals against per game over their last 10 games. The Sabres luck runs out tonight against San Jose.

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