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 Thursday, May 19th, 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: Thursday, May 19th 2016
Time: 9:00 PM
Venue: SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: San Jose Sharks -145
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: St. Louis Blues -1.5 +210
NHL Betting Total: 5
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The Western Conference Finals shifts all the way west, as the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues get set for Game 3.
The Sharks and Blues split both games in St. Louis, with San Jose now holding home ice.
San Jose Sharks
San Jose turned their Game 1 frustrations into some fire heading into Game 2.
The Sharks mustered just 1 goal in Game 1 and had plenty of chances down the stretch, but couldn’t convert.
In Game 2 they had everything working for them. The Sharks got goals in the 1st and 2nd period and put the game away with a pair in the 3rd.
It was Martin Jones who came up huge as well. Jones turned away all 26 shots he faced. That’s probably the biggest key in this series. Jones not allowing anything cheap as goals offensively come at a premium when it comes to playing the Blues.
San Jose sits just 3.0 games over the .500 at home, but got some huge home momentum last series. They took all 4 games from the Predators in the previous series while holding them to just 5 goals total in San Jose.
St. Louis Blues
St. Louis has learned this postseason that burying yourself in an early hole is quite difficult to dig out of.
Rewind back to Game 6 against the Stars, They saw Dallas go up 3-0 early and the Blues battled back to get it to 3-2, but that was as close as they could get.
In Game 2 against the Sharks, they saw San Jose get an early strike and set the tone in the game, as the Sharks just kept building on the lead. The Blues offense manufactured 26 shots, but not too many of them were considered quality shots.
St. Louis can hang their heads on the fact that they are one of the best road teams in the NHL. They took Game 7 against Dallas in a hostile environment which improved their record to 30-13-3-2 away from St. Louis.
NHL Hockey Handicapping Trends
- Blues are 4-1 in their last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Blues are 21-7 in their last 28 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Blues are 20-7 in their last 27 road games.
- Sharks are 5-0 in their last 5 home games.
- Sharks are 20-7 in their last 27 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Sharks are 42-15 in their last 57 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
Free St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks NHL Hockey Prediction
Home ice has flipped on the Blues, but that isn’t quite as alarming for them as it would be for other teams in the NHL.
St. Louis has the veterans who can go into a hostile, road environment with ease and steal a game.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: St. Louis Blues ML
St. Louis gets out to an early lead and this time finds themselves getting some quality shots on goal, something they couldn’t do in Game 2.
NHL Free Score Prediction:St. Louis Blues 4 – San Jose Sharks 1
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