San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues
|Date & Time||Friday May 17, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
St. Louis, Missouri
The Line: San Jose Sharks +115 / St. Louis Blues -135 -- Over/Under: 5.5
The San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues meet Friday in game four of the NHL Western Conference Finals at the Enterprise Center.
The San Jose Sharks look to take a comfortable 3-1 series lead and all but put this thing to bed. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 18 percent of their power play opportunities. Logan Couture leads San Jose with 14 goals, Erik Karlsson has 13 assists and Tomas Hertl has 57 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up five goals on 36 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 47 goals on 487 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 13 games.
The St. Louis Blues need a victory here to even up the series at 2-2 and pretty much save their season in the process. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Jaden Schwartz leads St. Louis with nine goals, Alex Pietrangelo has 10 assists and Vladimir Tarasenko has 57 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 77.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 44 goals on 460 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 13 games.
The Sharks are 3-7 in their last 10 road games, 2-5 in their last 7 games as an underdog and 2-5 in their last 7 playoff games as an underdog. The Blues are 17-7 in their last 24 home games, 16-7 in their last 23 games as a home favorite and 1-4 in their last 5 Conference Finals games. The Sharks are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The under is 3-1-1 in Sharks last 5 road games. The under is 4-1-1 in Blues last 6 home games.
The San Jose Sharks have won seven of their last 11 games as an underdog and should have a new level of confidence with how they won game three when it looked like it was over late in the third period. The St. Louis Blues have split their last 14 games as a favorite and could have this game go either way with how game three ended. The Blues can let the hand pass that resulted in a winning goal get them down or they can come out aggravated and play with an edge. We'll find out early which way it's going to be, but I lean toward the Blues tying this series up. No, I don't have much trust in Binnington, but the Blues should come out firing in pretty much a must-win game and find a way to be on the right side this time.