San Jose Sharks (32-19-8) at St. Louis Blues (34-22-4)
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 20, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: St. Louis Blues / San Jose Sharks --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Scottrade Center and the St. Louis Blues host the San Jose Sharks in Tuesday NHL action.
The San Jose Sharks have been at their best the last ten days with wins in four of five with both ends of the ice contributing to the success. San Jose comes off of a 5-2 rout of visiting Dallas on Sunday where the Sharks scored four times in the first. Gemel Smith and Tyler Pitlick scored third period goals for Dallas but Ben Bishop allowed four goals on five shots before Kari Lehtonen stopped 22-23 shots in relief.
The Sharks offensive explosion featured Mikkel Boedker scoring twice with Joe Pavelski, Melker Karlsson and Justin Braun joining the scoring column. Pavelski, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Timo Meier gave San Jose two assists each to lift Martin Jones and his 26 saves to the win.
The St. Louis Blues are heading to the postseason but the team is jockeying for playoff position and three straight defeats isn’t helping that scenario. St Louis comes off of a 2-1 loss at Dallas on Saturday. The Blues lone goal came off the stick of Brayden Schenn on the power play with 1:14 remaining.
The Stars took a 1-0 lead at the 2:42 mark of the second period on a power play tally from Mattias Janmark before Stephen Johns scored the eventual game winner at 10:33 of the third. Ben Bishop picked up the win for Dallas with 28 saves while Jake Allen absorbed the loss with 14 stops.
Under is 5-0 in Sharks last 5 road games and Sharks are 1-9 in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and Sharks are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. Central. Under is 4-0 in Blues last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest and over is 4-0 in Blues last 4 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game and under is 7-1 in Blues last 8 vs. Pacific. Over is 3-1-2 in the last 6 meetings and under is 15-7-2 in the last 24 meetings in St. Louis.
Dallas is playing solid hockey right now but a return to home ice should boost St. Louis and I’m inclined to back Blues for now…