St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks
|Date & Time||Saturday March 9, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)|
San Jose, CA
San Jose Sharks -143 / St. Louis Blues +129
NBCS-California, FS-Midwest, NHL
The St. Louis Blues and the San Jose Sharks meet in NHL action from the SAP Center on Saturday afternoon.
The St. Louis Blues come into this game looking to build on back-to-back wins after a 4-0 win over Los Angeles in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the opening 20 minutes before Vladimir Tarasenko got the Blues on the board :25 into the 2nd frame. Tyler Bozak and Ryan O’Reilly would score 1:16 apart in the latter stages of the 2nd period to carry a 3-0 lead into the 3rd where Ivan Barbashev added a 4th goal for good measure to secure the win for St. Louis. Jake Allen got the win by posting his 3rd shutout of the season to improve to 18-16-5 with the win, stopping all 28 shots faced in the winning effort.
The San Jose Sharks will look to add to their current 3-game winning streak after a 5-2 win over Montreal in their last outing. Tomas Hertl opened the scoring for the Sharks before Marcus Sorensen doubled the advantage at the midway point of the period. Montreal pulled a goal back, making it a 2-1 game after 20 minutes of play. Joe Thornton restored the two-goal cushion for San Jose before Montreal shaved the lead back to 3-2 after the 2nd period. Timo Meier gave the Sharks the two-goal lead back and Gustav Nyquist added an empty-netter to secure the win for the Sharks. Martin Jones got the win to improve to 32-13-5 after stopping 37 of 39 shots faced in the winning effort.
St. Louis is 19-7 in their last 26 games overall and 9-3 in their last 12 games against the Western Conference while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. San Jose is 19-7 in their last 26 games overall and 35-16 in their last 51 home games while the over is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games against the Western Conference. The home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
The plus money with the Blues is pretty tempting considering how well the Blues have played lately. However, the Sharks are playing some solid hockey of their own and have been almost unbeatable on home ice this season. Add in the weight that home ice has had, with the home team winning the last 4 meetings, the price doesn’t seem as bad, so I’ll lay the juice with San Jose to keep their winning streak alive here.