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 Tuesday, May 17th, 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.
0-1 (0-1 V) San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues 1-0 (1-0 H)
Date: Tuesday, May 17th 2016
Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: St. Louis Blues -128
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: St. Louis Blues -1.5 +225
NHL Betting Total: 5
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St. Louis held par in Game 1 and will look to do the same in Game 2 as they try to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
The Blues got a 2nd period goal to take the lead and held on, turning away, many late rushes from the Sharks.
San Jose Sharks
San Jose’s struggles on the road this postseason are becoming a bit alarming all of a sudden.
The Sharks have now dropped 4 straight road games as they couldn’t produce offensively in Game 1 against the Blues. With that Game 1 loss, the Sharks are now officially facing their first postseason deficit in a series.
Brent Burns quickly turned from a hero to a zero in the Game 1 loss as well. He set up the Sharks first goal, which was his 12th point this postseason. However, he then had a turnover that led to the Sharks 2nd and deciding goal.
Over those 4 straight playoff road losses, the Sharks have just 8 goals to their credit. That’s well below average for this team, especially since they average 3 goals per game.
St. Louis Blues
The Blues have been one of the most penalized teams this postseason, but they took advantage of the special teams in Game 1.
St. Louis got a goal from David Backers on the powerplay and then Jori Lehtera put the game winning goal in during the 2nd period.
It was the Blues defense that stood strong the rest of the way. Elliot turned away 32 of 33 shots he faced and came up clutch after a late flurry from the Sharks as they brought on the 6th attacker.
Elliot has been notorious for dominating the Sharks in the postseason. He is now 4-0 with a .954 SV% and has allowed just 1.29 GAA in those 4 meetings.
The PK was also clutch for the Blues in Game 2. They shut down all 3 chances the Sharks had, not allowing them to gain momentum or tie things up.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Sharks are 10-3 in their last 13 Tuesday games.
- Sharks are 16-5 in their last 21 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Sharks are 19-7 in their last 26 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Blues are 13-3 in their last 16 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Blues are 21-6 in their last 27 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Blues are 24-8 in their last 32 vs. Pacific.
Free San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues NHL Hockey Prediction
The Blues have been a dominant home team thanks to their defense.
Given that and Elliot’s success against the Sharks in the playoffs, they are a nice play here in Game 2.
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The Blues hold par once again and make it two straight to take a 2-0 lead heading back to San Jose.
NHL Free Score Prediction:St. Louis Blues 3- San Jose Sharks 1
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