Sharks vs. Blues - 3/22/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Blues (42-22-9) at San Jose Sharks (41-25-6)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center)
The Line: San Jose Sharks / St. Louis Blues --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSMW, CSNCAL
The St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks square off late Tuesday night at the SAP Center.
The St. Louis Blues hope to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 21.9 percent of their power plays. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 34 goals, David Backes has 20 assists and Alexander Steen has 160 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 84.6 percent of their power play chances. Jake Allen has allowed 100 goals on 1,212 shots faced and Brian Elliott has given up 65 goals on 939 shots. Allen has allowed 13 goals in his last three games.
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The San Jose Sharks hope to keep rolling after winning nine of their last 12 games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 22.6 percent of their power plays. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with 34 goals, Brent Burns has 39 assists and Joel Ward has 123 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their power play chances. Martin Jones has allowed 129 goals on 1,591 shots faced and Alex Stalock has given up 33 goals on 285 shots. Jones has allowed five goals in his last three games.
The Blues are 9-3 in their last 12 road games and 40-19 in their last 59 games playing on 2 days rest. The Sharks are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 4-0 in their last 4 home games. The Blues are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in San Jose and 2-6 in the last 8 meetings overall.
We have two teams that are red hot down the stretch, and the Blues have actually had great success recently playing in the SAP Center. However, the Sharks have lost just eight home games since January. In a battle that could go either way, I give San Jose the edge on its home ice.