St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks - 11/17/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Jose Sharks (9-7-0) at St. Louis Blues (8-6-3)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: St. Louis Blues / San Jose Sharks --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNCAL, FSMW
The San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues square off Thursday night in NHL action at the Scottrade Center.
The San Jose Sharks look for some sort of consistency after splitting their last 14 games. The Sharks are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 19.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Brent Burns leads San Jose with six goals, Joe Pavelski has nine assists and Tomas Hertl has 38 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 89.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Martin Jones has given up 29 goals on 335 shots faced and Aaron Dell has allowed five goals on 74 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed two or less goals in four straight games.
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The St. Louis Blues could use a feel good victory after losing seven of their last 11 games. The Blues are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 22 percent of their power play opportunities. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with six goals, Kevin Shattenkirk has 10 assists and Paul Stastny has 28 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 89.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Jake Allen has given up 30 goals on 304 shots faced and Carter Hutton has allowed 14 goals on 140 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or more goals in four of their last eight games.
The Sharks are 5-2 in their last 7 Thursday games and 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Central. The Blues are 0-4 in their last 4 Thursday games and 4-1 in their last 5 home games. The Sharks are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in St. Louis and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Blues have been stingy on their home ice recently and are now running into a Sharks team that's playing their fifth straight road game. While San Jose has had the recent upperhand over St. Louis, you have to give the edge to the Blues at home.