St. Louis Blues (36-25-6) at San Jose Sharks (40-19-8)
NHL Hockey: Saturday March 9th 2019 at 4:05 PM EDT (SAP Center)
Lines and Odds: San Jose Sharks -150
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Its a Saturday matinee game between two of the best teams in the Western Conference. During the first half of the season, the St. Louis Blues were on the outside looking in. Now thanks to an eleven game winning streak in January, the Blues went from having a tough year to possibly making the playoffs. Meanwhile, the San Jose Sharks have been playing well most of the season and definitely found their stride in January as well. Team teal is 19-6-1 since the turn of the new year and they are in a tight, Pacific division race with the Calgary Flames. Both these teams need this game to keep pace in their respective divisions and it should make for a playoff like game. Saturday’s goalies are Jake Allen vs Martin Jones.
The St. Louis Blues are 6-3-1 in their last ten games and sit in third place in the Central Division. The Blues are sandwiched between contending for the division title or losing their spot to a wild card team. The team is in a great spot where they can kind of control their own destiny by finishing these last 15 games strong. At the very least, they have two games in hand on the second place Nashville Predators and if the Blues win those games, then they can be just a point back. A lot can still happen in this division and St. Louis has half of their remaining games against easy opponents. The Blues will be looking for a sweep of the California Gauntlet, which is beating the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, and Sharks. This year, it’s not much of a gauntlet, just mostly San Jose being the tough team to beat. Anyway, the Blues beat the Kings 5-4 and they are coming off a 4-0 win over the Ducks. Both Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko have picked up one goal and three assists on this California trip. Before this two game winning streak, the Blues had a six game streak of scoring two goals or less. They will need all the goals they can get against the deep Sharks roster.
The San Jose Sharks are playing the Jaws music on the Calgary Flames. A week or so ago, the Sharks were seven points back of the Flames for first in the Pacific. Now team teal is just a point back and with a win tomorrow, they can officially be in first for a few hours and maybe longer, depending on how the Vegas-Calgary game goes. San Jose is 6-3-1 in their last ten games and have won three straight games. They had a playoff effort 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche, took down the Chicago Blackhawks with a 5-2 win, thanks to a third period surge, and despite being outshot, they beat the desperate Montreal Canadiens 5-2 as well. During this stretch of games, Marcus Sorensen has been the head Shark, scoring four goals and getting one assist. Kevin Labanc and Joonas Donskoi have also picked up their skills lately and that Sharks depth scoring continues to do well. Also, Martin Jones is coming off a solid 37 save performance. San Jose has a lot of home games left and they will look to finish this homestand with a perfect 4-0 record.
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So, who will win this pitoval game for both teams? The season series is tied at one game apiece with both teams getting 4-0 wins. The Blues won first and they had seven different players get on the score sheet. When the Sharks got their shutout win, Joe Pavelski scored twice and Logan Couture had three assists. The Blues have gained confidence since these teams last clashed and it will show in their play. The Sharks need to continue to have great first periods and get scoring from everyone. The goaltending will stack the pads at key moments throughout the game and San Jose will win 3-1.