Sharks at Blues Game 1 - 5/15/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Jose Sharks (54-31-9) at St. Louis Blues (57-28-11)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: St. Louis Blues -179 / San Jose Sharks +150 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues meet Sunday night for game one of the Western Conference Finals at the Scottrade Center.
The San Jose Sharks are coming off a lengthy seven-game series over the Nashville Predators. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 22.5 percent of their power plays. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with nine goals, Brent Burns has 11 assists and Logan Couture has 32 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their power play chances. Martin Jones has allowed 28 goals on 342 shots faced. Jones has given up five goals in his last three games.
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The St. Louis Blues are coming off a competitive seven-game series win over the Dallas Stars. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power plays. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with seven goals, Robby Fabbri has 10 assists and Alexander Steen has 33 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 85.1 percent of their power play chances. Brian Elliott has allowed 32 goals on 451 shots faced and Jake Allen has given up zero goals on seven shots. Elliott has given up five goals in his last three games.
The Sharks are 10-4 in their last 14 road games and 1-10 in their last 11 Conference Finals games. The Blues are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 Conference Finals games. The Sharks are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in St. Louis and the road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
I really like the way the Sharks have played all playoffs, as I've called them the most impressive team to this point in the past. And while San Jose could win this game, I like the momentum the Blues are playing with and the crowd should be insane. I'll side with the home team to draw blood first.