Blues at Sharks Game 3 - 5/19/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Blues (58-29-11) at San Jose Sharks (55-32-9)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 9:00 pm (SAP Center)
The Line: San Jose Sharks -139 / St. Louis Blues +117 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks square off Thursday night for game three of the Western Conference Finals at the SAP Center.
The St. Louis Blues hope to regain home ice advantage after dropping game two of the series. 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 David Backes has 27 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 36 goals on 506 shots faced and Jake Allen has given up zero goals on seven shots. Elliott has given up five goals in his last three games.
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The San Jose Sharks can take control of this series by winning and taking a 2-1 lead. 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 12 assists and Logan Couture has 37 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 30 goals on 391 shots faced. Jones has given up two goals in his last three games.
The Blues are 2-5 in their last 7 Conference Finals games and 20-7 in their last 27 road games. The Sharks are 5-0 in their last 5 home games and 2-11 in their last 13 Conference Finals games. The Blues are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in San Jose.
The Sharks have been the most impressive team of the playoffs, and it helps that Jones has found his groove and pitched a shutout in two of his last three games. At home, you have to like the Sharks to get the job done, especially with the way they looked in game two.