St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks
|Date & Time||Saturday May 11, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
San Jose, California
The Line: St. Louis Blues +103 / San Jose Sharks -124 -- Over/Under: 5.5
The St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks meet Saturday in game one of the NHL Western Conference Finals at the SAP Center.
The St. Louis Blues look for a third straight win and are fresh off a seven game series against the Dallas Stars. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 17.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Jaden Schwartz leads St. Louis with eight goals, Alex Pietrangelo has nine assists and Vladimir Tarasenko has 47 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 32 goals on 378 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 10 games.
The San Jose Sharks look to build on their momentum after beating the Colorado Avalanche in seven games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 18.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Logan Couture leads San Jose with nine goals, Erik Karlsson has 12 assists and Tomas Hertl has 54 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing three goals per game and are killing 80.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up five goals on 36 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 36 goals on 399 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Blues are 7-1 in their last 8 games as an underdog, 6-1 in their last 7 games as a road underdog and 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Sharks are 5-1 in their last 6 games as a home favorite, 5-1 in their last 6 games as a favorite and 5-1 in their last 6 home games. The favorite is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 3-1-1 in Blues last 5 road games. The over is 10-2 in Sharks last 12 home games.
The home team has won seven of the last 10 meetings between the Blues and Sharks, and the road team has been shutout in three of the last five meetings. The St. Louis Blues have won 14 of their last 21 games as a road underdog. The San Jose Sharks have won eight of their last 11 games as a home favorite. For me, I usually side with the home team in game one, as it's the only real advantage you have until you get a feel for the series. The Sharks have ben deadly offensively at home during these playoffs, scoring five goals four different times. I expect a fast start from San Jose and the home team to strike first.