San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 15, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
St. Louis, Missouri
The Line: San Jose Sharks +105 / St. Louis Blues -130 — Over/Under: 5.5
The San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues meet Wednesday in game three of the NHL Western Conference Finals at the Enterprise Center.
The San Jose Sharks look to take a 2-1 series lead and haven’t lost back-to-back playoff games since game three and four against the Las Vegas Golden Knights. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 18.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Logan Couture leads San Jose with 13 goals, Erik Karlsson has 13 assists and Tomas Hertl has 55 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 82.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up five goals on 36 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 43 goals on 455 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 12 games.
The St. Louis Blues look to keep home ice advantage while taking a 2-1 series lead. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 14.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Jaden Schwartz leads St. Louis with nine goals, Alex Pietrangelo has 10 assists and Vladimir Tarasenko has 54 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 76.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 39 goals on 428 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 12 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 17-6 in their last 23 home games, 16-6 in their last 22 games as a home favorite and 17-7 in their last 24 overall. The Sharks are 5-3 in the last 8 meetings and the home team is 6-1 in the last 7 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 St. Louis Blues have won 16 of their last 22 games as a home favorite but are just 3-4 at home during these playoffs. The San Jose Sharks have split their last 14 games as a road underdog, which obviously results in a profit, and they’ve bounce back from a loss each of their last four times during these playoffs. Even in Monday’s loss, the Sharks held their own and had their chances to win that game, it was just too many giveaways that did them in late in the game. I still think the Sharks are the better team here and I like the resilience they bring to the ice. I like the value of the plus money with the road team.