San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues
|Date & Time||Tuesday May 21, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
St. Louis, Missouri
The Line: San Jose Sharks +145 / St. Louis Blues -167 -- Over/Under: 5.5
The San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues meet Tuesday in game six of the NHL Western Conference Finals at the Enterprise Center.
The San Jose Sharks need a win here to save their season and force a game seven on Thursday. The San Jose Sharks are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 18.2 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 3.2 goals per game and are killing 81.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up five goals on 36 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 54 goals on 549 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 15 games.
The St. Louis Blues are a win away from making their first Stanley Cup Final appearance since the 1969-70 season. 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 12 goals, Alex Pietrangelo has 10 assists and Vladimir Tarasenko has 62 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 77.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 45 goals on 511 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or less goals in 11 of their last 15 games.
The Sharks are 3-7 in their last 10 road games, 2-5 in their last 7 playoff games as an underdog and 2-5 in their last 7 games as an underdog. The Blues are 18-7 in their last 25 home games, 17-7 in their last 24 games as a home favorite and 30-12 in their last 42 games playing on 1 days rest. The Sharks are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. The under is 3-1-1 in Sharks last 5 road games. The under is 5-2-1 in Blues last 8 home games.
The San Jose Sharks have split their last 10 games as an underdog. The St. Louis Blues have won 12 of their last 19 games as a favorite.
Since the hand pass that allowed the Sharks to steal game three on the road in overtime, the Blues have outscored San Jose 7-1 and the gap between these clubs has gotten wider by the period. The Blues absolutely beatdown the Sharks from start to finish in game five, dominating the face-off, playing cleaner hockey across the board and getting 40 shots compared to 21 from the Sharks. While the vibe of one game doesn't always carryover to the next, it's hard to like the Sharks chances in this spot based on the way they looked in game five. If the Sharks were going to take control, you'd think they would at least put up a fight on their home ice. The Blues have all the momentum and the Sharks have had trouble on the road these playoffs. I'll side with St. Louis making its first Stanley Cup Final appearance for the first time in decades.