Sharks at Blues Game 5 - 5/23/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Jose Sharks (56-33-9) at St. Louis Blues (59-30-11)
NHL Hockey: Monday, May 23, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: St. Louis Blues -133 / San Jose Sharks +113 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blue play game five of the Western Conference Finals Monday night at the Scottrade Center.
The San Jose Sharks hope to steal back home ice advantage and go up 3-2 in the series. 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 10 goals, Logan Couture has 13 assists and Brent Burns has 54 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 34 goals on 432 shots faced and James Reimer has given up one goal on seven shots. Jones has given up four goals in his last three games.
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The St. Louis Blues can take control of this series by winning and going up 3-2 as well. 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 11 assists and David Backes has 30 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 39 goals on 520 shots faced and Jake Allen has given up three goals on 43 shots. Elliott has given up seven goals in his last three games.
The Sharks are 3-12 in their last 15 Conference Finals games and 1-4 in their last 5 road games. The Blues are 2-5 in their last 7 games following a win and 25-10 in their last 35 vs. Pacific.. The Sharks are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in St. Louis.
With the series getting tight down the stretch, you have to assume the home team will takeover and win at least the next two games. The Blues looked sharp in game four with their adjustments, and the Sharks haven't been the best road team these playoffs. I'll side with the Blues at home to get the job done.