Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Blues vs Sharks Odds
Looking for St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks free hockey picks? NHL betting sees the Sharks taking on the Blues on Saturday, May 21st, 2016 at the SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NHL Hockey matchups throughout the playoffs so stay tuned for more FREE daily NHL hockey predictions.
Date: Saturday, May 21st 2016
Time: 7:15 PM
Venue: SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: San Jose Sharks -155
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: St. Louis Blues -1.5 +200
NHL Betting Total: 5
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The Sharks have surprisingly taken control of the series as they look for a 3-1 lead in Game 4
San Jose shutout the Blues in back to back games, as their defense has completely taken this series over.
San Jose Sharks
San Jose has been a decent defensive team during the regular season and postseason. They’ve given up 2.44 goals per game, but there has been instances where they have let down.
However, the past two games have been a completely different story. The Sharks have outscored the Blues 7-0 over the past two games and have erased their 1-0 hole to take a 2-1 lead.
They now look to hold par with Game 4 at home, a place where they’ve been kind of back and forth.
With their Game 3 win, they have now won 5 straight home games this postseason. That includes the 4 they took against Nashville last series.
The Sharks have seen Martin Jones turn away 48 shots combined in both wins, but the defense has also been stellar not giving the Blues open looks.
St. Louis had just 26 shots in Game 3 and 22 in Game 4.
St. Louis Blues
The Blues offensive struggles come as a bit of a surprise here.
St. Louis has averaged nearly 3 goals per game this season, but they haven’t been able to pepper the goal like they did against Nashville really all series long.
The Blues aren’t getting much control in the offensive zone and when they do, the shot selection is rather weak, resulting in easy saves.
The good news for the Blues is that they are a good road team still and they have proven that on many occasions already. Getting off to an early lead is a huge factor here.
They need to get the mentality that they can find the back of the net. The longer the scoreless streak goes, the more hurt they get mentally.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Blues are 19-7 in their last 26 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Blues are 13-5 in their last 18 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Blues are 20-8 in their last 28 road games.
- Sharks are 6-2 in their last 8 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Sharks are 43-15 in their last 58 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
- Sharks are 11-5 in their last 16 overall.
Free St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks NHL Hockey Prediction
The Sharks have been impressive defensively, but you can only hold a good team down for so long.
Expect the Blues to come out with some fire here and really attack the net early in this one.
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The Blues even things up as they steal Game 4, gaining the momentum from their early lead.
NHL Free Score Prediction:St. Louis Blues 3 – San Jose Sharks 1
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