St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks
|Date & Time||Monday May 13, 2019, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
San Jose, California
The Line: St. Louis Blues +115 / San Jose Sharks -135 -- Over/Under: 5.5
The St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks meet Monday in game two of the NHL Western Conference Finals at the SAP Center.
The St. Louis Blues have another chance to steal home ice advantage before heading home for game three. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Jaden Schwartz leads St. Louis with eight goals, Alex Pietrangelo has nine assists and Vladimir Tarasenko has 48 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 37 goals on 402 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 11 games.
The San Jose Sharks look for a third straight victory to take a strong 2-0 series lead. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 19 percent of their power play opportunities. Logan Couture leads San Jose with 11 goals, Erik Karlsson has 13 assists and Tomas Hertl has 55 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing three goals per game and are killing 81.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up five goals on 36 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 39 goals on 430 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 11 games.
The Blues are 7-2 in their last 9 games as an underdog, 6-2 in their last 8 games as a road underdog and 27-11 in their last 38 games playing on 1 days rest. The Sharks are 6-1 in their last 7 games as a home favorite, 6-1 in their last 7 games as a favorite and 40-19 in their last 59 playoff games as a favorite. The Blues are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in San Jose and 2-5 in the last 7 meetings. The over is 3-0-1 in Blues last 4 road games. The over is 11-2 in Sharks last 13 home games.
The home team has won each of the last six games between the Blues and Sharks, and those games are being won by an average of 2.5 goals. The Sharks have won five of the last seven meetings overall against the Blues. The San Jose Sharks have also been dominant at home these playoffs, which includes a 7-2 record and an average of 4.1 goals per game. With Binnington saving just .904 percent of his shots in his last five games, there's reason for concern in this series with the Sharks having the success they have at home. I have to ride the hot hand and back the Sharks for a 2-0 series lead.