Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Sharks vs Blues Odds
Looking for San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues free hockey picks? NHL betting sees the Sharks taking on the Blues on Sunday, May 15th, 2016 at the Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri. 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: Sunday, May 15th 2016
Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: St. Louis Blues -135
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: St. Louis Blues -1.5 +230
NHL Betting Total: 5
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The San Joe Sharks and St. Louis Blues have no time to reflect on their Round 2 win.
The two teams battled to 7 games, both obviously coming out on top. Now they meet on Sunday with a spot in the Stanley Cup on the line.
San Jose Sharks
The Sharks were the best road team this year in the NHL.
However, that wasn’t the case against the Predators in their Round 2 series. After winning the first two games of the series and then Game 5, all at home, the Sharks failed all three times on the road to take the series control or clinch (in Game 6).
They’ll get the first chance to steal a road game or two here in this series, as it starts in St. Louis on Sunday. The Sharks went 31-11-4-1 on the road this season as they averaged 3.00 goals per road contest.
This team does start from the back, as they have so many weapons defensively.
G Martin Jones has been one of the best this postseason and had a shutout in the decisive Game 7 against Nashville. Brent Burns has proven to be one of the best dual threat players as he can defend with the best and really make an impact in the offensive zone.
St. Louis Blues
The Blues on the other hand made things much more difficult than they had to be.
For the 2nd straight series they went to 7 games as they failed to clinch at home in 6. However, they showed that experience is everything as they went on the road in a tough environment and took out the young Stars team with ease. St. Louis staked themselves to an early 3-0 lead and never looked back.
It was Brian Elliot who really came up huge and set the tone. Elliot did not allow the Stars to gain any momentum and completely took the crowd out of the game.
St. Louis will look to build off their solid home play here and take early control of the series. The Blues have gone 27-15-5-1 at home while holding the opposition to a stellar 2.33 goals per game.
What they’ve done best is not allow the opposition to get out to an early lead. There was one instance in Game 6 against Dallas and they lost. That will be the key here in Game 1, not giving the Sharks an early edge.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Sharks are 10-3 in their last 13 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Sharks are 20-7 in their last 27 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Sharks are 10-4 in their last 14 road games.
- Blues are 20-6 in their last 26 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Blues are 23-8 in their last 31 vs. Pacific.
- Blues are 15-6 in their last 21 vs. Western Conference
Free San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues NHL Hockey Prediction
This is a big game despite it being only Game 1.
These two teams are similar and setting the tone and taking the momentum is so huge.
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With how good both goalies have been, expect both teams to play to a lower scoring game here as neither team really wants to be too aggressive too early.
NHL Free Score Prediction:St. Louis Blues 2- San Jose Sharks 1
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