St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks
|Date & Time||Sunday May 19, 2019, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
San Jose, California
The Line: St. Louis Blues +115 / San Jose Sharks -139 -- Over/Under:
The St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks meet Sunday in game five of the NHL Western Conference Finals at the SAP Center.
The St. Louis Blues look for back-to-back wins for the first time since the Dallas Stars series to take a critical 3-2 lead. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Jaden Schwartz leads St. Louis with nine goals, Alex Pietrangelo has 10 assists and Vladimir Tarasenko has 59 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 76.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 45 goals on 490 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 14 games.
The San Jose Sharks look for their eighth playoff home victory to take a 3-2 series lead. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 18.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Logan Couture leads San Jose with 14 goals, Erik Karlsson has 14 assists and Tomas Hertl has 59 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 81 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up five goals on 36 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 49 goals on 509 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 14 games.
The Blues are 8-2 in their last 10 games as an underdog, 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 7-2 in their last 9 games as a road underdog. The Sharks are 9-3 in their last 12 games as a home favorite, 9-3 in their last 12 games as a favorite and 6-2 in their last 8 playoff games as a favorite. The Blues are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in San Jose and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 6-2-2 in Blues last 10 overall. The over is 13-3 in Sharks last 16 home games.
The St. Louis Blues had one of their better playoff performances yet in their game four victory, as they were far more physical and solid defensively from start to finish. And while it was one of their cleaner performances, the Sharks still had their chances to win the game, as they got eight more shots off and had some clean looks late but couldn't cash. In fact, the Sharks dominated the second period with a 23-8 shot attempt advantage but the puck wouldn't bounce their way. You can take a lot from that heading home, and the Sharks have bounced back with a victory in each of their last six losses. The Sharks have also won nine of their last 13 home games as a favorite. The Sharks have been a different beast at home these playoffs where they average 3.9 goals, and if they bring the same aggressiveness they brought toward the end of game four, they should retake this series lead.