Sharks vs. Blues - 1/3/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Blues (22-13-3) at San Jose Sharks (20-13-5)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center)
The Line: San Jose Sharks -136 / St. Louis Blues +123 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSMW, CSNCAL
The St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks square off late Saturday night at the SAP Center.
The St. Louis Blues have lost six of their last seven games and are falling in the Central. The Blues are averaging 2.8 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The St. Louis Blues have two power play goals in their last six games and have won six of their last nine games when scoring at least three goals overall. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 22 goals, Jori Lehtera has 18 assists and Alexander Steen has 119 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blues are allowing 2.5 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in seven of their last nine games. Jake Allen has allowed 49 goals on 486 shots faced and Martin Brodeur has given up 17 goals on 169 shots. The Blues have lost their last five road games.
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The San Jose Sharks are starting to find their groove after winning six of their last nine games. The Sharks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and have scored five goals in their last three games. The San Jose Sharks have four power play goals in their last six games and have won seven straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Joe Pavelski leads San Jose with 19 goals, Joe Thornton has 24 assists and Logan Couture has 123 shots on goal. Defensively, the Sharks are allowing 2.4 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in eight of their last nine games. Antti Niemi has allowed 65 goals on 803 shots faced and Alex Stalock has given up 20 goals on 250 shots.
The Blues are 41-13 in their last 54 Saturday games and 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Western Conference. The Sharks are 11-1 in their last 12 games playing on 2 days rest and 56-23 in their last 79 home games. The Blues are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in San Jose and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings overall.
The Sharks are the pick here with the way they've been playing and the fact the Blues are struggling and coming off a game Friday. I'll take the hot home team and the reasonable chalk.