San Jose Sharks Tough OT loss on Carolina who blew a 2-0 lead to St. Louis. A pair of totals plays on Saturday’s NHL betting slate.

SAN JOSE SHARKS AT BOSTON BRUINS—OCTOBER 22, 2011 4:05 PM PACIFIC

Sharks are better than they’ve played so far this season and are coming off a nice OT win at New Jersey last night. Antti Neimi is back in net after off season knee surgery and third goaltender Thomas Griess is a capable backup while Antero Nittymaki remains on the shelf. Neither team scoring a lot of goals so the Under looks like the play here. Boston UN in 5 of their first 6 games this season and have been one of the more consistent ‘Under’ plays in the NHL in recent years. Since 2009 they’re UN 47 of 73 games in the first half of the season. Both Bruins’ netminders—Tuukka Rask and Tim Thomas—have looked sharp so far but the offense misses the energy and playmaking of Marc Savard.

Bet San Jose Sharks/Boston Bruins Under 5

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS AT OTTAWA SENATORS—OCTOBER 22, 2011 4:05 PM PACIFIC

Ottawa has gone Over in five of their first seven games—they’ve got a nice group of young playmakers on offense but lack consistency between the pipes. Columbus is just a mess—they’ve got injuries and suspensions throughout the lineup and Steve Mason has looked awful this year. That’s bad news since he’s really the team’s only goalie at the moment. Columbus’ only other option in net here will be Mathieu Corbeil, just recalled from the St. John’s Sea Dogs of the QMJHL Juniors team. Columbus is winless on the year and while this looks like a winable game ‘on paper’ they’ll be without arguably their best player (Jeff Carter). No real interest in laying the price with the Sens but in a matchup of two of the worst GAA teams in the league the Over looks like the right position. Teams combined for 7 in their last meeting and Ottawa’s young talent can score against this class—and particularly against an off form and fatigued Steve Mason.

Bet Ottawa Senators/Columbus Blue Jackets Over 5′ -125

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