Blues vs. Sharks - 1/8/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Jose Sharks (22-14-5) at St. Louis Blues (24-13-3)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: St. Louis Blues -151 / San Jose Sharks +137 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNCAL, FSMW
The San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues play Thursday night at the Scottrade Center.
The San Jose Sharks have won three of their last four games and wrap up a three-game road trip. The Sharks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The San Jose Sharks have scored two power play goals in their last four games and have won nine straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with 21 goals, Brent Burns has 22 assists and Logan Couture has 128 shots on goal. Defensively, the Sharks are allowing 2.5 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in seven of their last 10 games. Antti Niemi has allowed 73 goals on 849 shots faced and Alex Stalock has given up 24 goals on 287 shots.
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The St. Louis Blues have split their last six games and play their first home contest of 2015. The Blues are averaging three goals per game and have scored 16 goals in their last three games. The St. Louis Blues have six power play goals in their last three games and have won eight of their last 11 games when scoring at least three goals overall. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 22 goals, Alexander Steen has 21 assists and Alex Pietrangelo has 114 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blues are allowing 2.4 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in six of their last 10 games. Brian Elliott has allowed 30 goals on 450 shots faced and Martin Brodeur has given up 17 goals on 169 shots.
The Sharks are 7-1 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record. The Blues are 51-20 in their last 71 home games and 49-23 in their last 72 games playing on 1 days rest. The Sharks are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
We're getting a solid San Jose Sharks team that's on a bit of a hot streak with the plus money. While the Blues may be the better overall team, I like the value of getting the Sharks at this price.