San Jose Sharks (1-1) at St. Louis Blues (1-1)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday May 15th, 2019 at 8:00 P.M. EST (Enterprise Arena)
Line and Odds: St. Louis Blues (-145) — Over/Under: 5.5
Free NHL Pick San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues
After splitting the first two games in San Jose, the Sharks and Blues will head to St. Louis for Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.
The Sharks have not had it easy this postseason by any means, as both of their first two series against the Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche went to seven games. Two games into this series, it looks like this one could definitely go the distance as well. In Game 1, the Sharks got contributions from everybody, as 10 different players tallied at least one point in the 6-3 win. Logan Couture and Timo Meier led the way with two goals each. The Sharks took control of the game early and never relinquished it.
However, they couldn’t do the same thing in Game 2, when they lost 4-2. Couture scored two more goals to bring his postseason total to 13, but he was the only one who was able to find the back of the net. Couture leads all players with 13 goals and 19 points this postseason. Brent Burns is right behind him with 15 points, and Meier and Tomas Herti each have 14. Martin Jones has been solid in net for the Sharks in these playoffs, yet he does have the lowest save percentage (.905) and highest goals against average (2.83) of any goalie remaining in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This means that while he gets the job done, he needs his offense to put up some points for him, which they did in Game 1 but not Game 2.
The Blues have also had a tough road in the playoffs so far, beating the Winnipeg Jets in six games and just barely getting by the Dallas Stars in a Game 7 victory in double overtime. However, they have certainly proved that they belong to be here in the Western Conference Finals. It was a sub-par showing in Game 1 for the Blues, especially from goalie Jordan Binnington who made just 19 saves on 24 shots. They bounced back in a big way in Game 2 though with a huge statement win. Jaden Schwartz scored his team-leading ninth goal of the playoffs in the win.
Schwartz also leads the team in points this postseason with 13. Behind him is Andrew Pietrangelo with 12 and Ryan O’Reilly with 11. It was an unfamiliar face who was the difference maker in Game 2 though. Robert Bortuzzo scored his first career playoff goal to break the give the Blues a 3-2 lead late in the second period of Game 2. Bortuzzo also blocked a hard shot from Kevin Labanc in the third period to preserve the lead. After the lackluster performance in Game 1, it was plays like these that allowed the Blues to tie the series up coming back home for Game 3.
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San Jose are 8-4 SU in their last 12 games.
San Jose are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Jose’s last 7 games when playing on the road against St. Louis.
St. Louis Blues
St. Louis are 13-7 SU in their last 20 games.
St. Louis are 10-4 SU in their last 14 games at home.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of St. Louis’ last 8 games against San Jose.
Free NHL Prediction St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks
Call it a hunch, but I’m going with the Sharks in Game 3. I think Joe Pavelski will have a big game after being held pointless in Game 2, and Couture will continue his torrid pace (five points in two games). Also, I believe the Blues will regress a bit from their great play in last game, and they won’t be able to hold San Jose to just two goals again. It seemed like the Sharks were lost on offense in the second half of Game 2, and I don’t expect that to happen two games in a row. There is too much star power on the Sharks for them to fall short again. I don’t believe that it will be another six-goal outburst like we saw in Game 1, but I foresee a solid 3-1 victory for the Sharks in Game 3.