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(36-27-5) St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks (42-20-7)
Date: Thursday March 16th
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: SAP Center in San Jose, California
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: San Jose -170
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: San Jose -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5
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St. Louis, on the second night of a back-to-back after facing Anaheim on Wednesday, will head to San Jose to take on the Sharks.
San Jose, coming off a win over Buffalo – the team’s fourth in the last five games – will look to continue its stretch of quality play and beat a tough Blues squad.
St. Louis Blues
There’s little doubt that this St. Louis Blues team has the ability to win, but it’s been tough to know if it actually will win.
The Blues started their era under new head coach Mike Yeo with six straight wins, followed by five straight losses, and have followed that up with five more wins in a row.
There’s no doubt the Blues have the ability and personnel to win but how will the team actually fare come playoff time?
Offensively, the Blues have been in the middle of the pack in the league. The team is 15th in goals scored, averaging 2.78 goals per game. The team is led by Vladimir Tarasenko, who has 32 goals and 29 assists this season.
Tarasenko has four goals and an assist over his last five games.
Center Paul Stastny has been very good for the Blues. He has 18 goals and 21 assists this season, including two goals and an assist over his last five games.
San Jose Sharks
Defense has been the name of the game for this San Jose Sharks team. The Sharks have one of the best defenses in the league and have given up the 2nd least goals in the NHL this season.
San Jose gives up just 2.32 goals per game and that has been key to winning games.
Offensively, the Sharks are good but not great.
The team ranks 14th in goals scored and the scoring has been led by a defenseman in Brent Burns. Burns has 27 goals and 43 assists this season, including three assists over his last five games.
However, he’s been somewhat in a scoring slump, tallying all three assists in one game and not having a single point in any of those other games.
Captain Joe Pavelski has been fantastic for San Jose. He has 26 goals and 35 assists, including five goals and an assist over his last five games. He has two multi-goal games in that span.
The goaltending from Martin Jones has been important as well.
He is 31-17-6 this season with a 2.27 goals against average.
NHL Betting Trends:
- St. Louis is 3-8 ATS in the last 11 games
- San Jose is 4-1 SU in the last five games
Free St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks NHL Hockey Prediction:
San Jose’s defense and goaltending will be the X-factor in this game. The Blues have played great hockey recently but I think the Sharks will outmatch them. San Jose gets the W at home.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: St. Louis ATS
I think St. Louis will keep this game close considering how well the team has played recently. San Jose should win the game but I don’t see the team covering.
I’ll take St. Louis against the spread in this one.
NHL Free Score Prediction: St. Louis 2 – San Jose 3
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