St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks

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The St. Louis Blues head to the Golden State to take on the San Jose Sharks in Western Division action on Monday night. San Jose has lost their last three games, including two shutout losses. St. Louis lost in overtime their last time out, but has come away with a point in their last five games.

San Jose Looking to Get Back Into Win Column

The last San Jose win was a 6-2 throttling of Colorado on March 1st. Since then, it’s been three straight losses, one in overtime and the others via shutout. Last night’s shutout loss to Vegas came off a stellar defensive effort by the Golden Knights, who allowed only 24 shots, which Marc-Andre Fleury managed to keep out.

Their last win against Colorado was bit of an anomaly. The 6-2 win came on an off night by Colorado Keeper Philipp Grubauer, who posted a meager .808 save percentage that night. Logan Couture leads the team in points with 20 (12 goals, 8 assists), Evander Kane leads the team with 11 assists.

The Sharks are 26th overall in the NHL in points. They score an average of 2.68 goals per game and allow 3.86 per game to opponents. They’re 24th in the league in power-play percentage at 17.4%, and 17th in penalty kill at 74.2%.

The defense is anchored by Brent Burns, one of the NHL’s best, but the goaltending situation needs serious help. Devan Dubnyk is 1-5-2 on the year with a .890 save percentage and 3.49 GAA, while Martin Jones is 7-6-1 with 3.84 GAA and a .879 save percentage.

St. Louis Trying to Extend Points Streak

St. Louis comes into this matchup second in the West and rides a five-game points streak. Their last time out they received only one point, losing in overtime to Los Angeles.

They scored all three of their goals in the first period, ending the frame up 3-1. After giving up two goals in the second period and going scoreless in the third, the Kings put the Blues away with an overtime goal. David Perron scored a goal and had an assist, Brayden Schenn had two assists, and Ryan O’Reilly and Nathan Walker each added goals as well. Perron leads the team with 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists), and Brayden Schenn leads the team with 11 goals.

They rank ninth in the NHL with 31 points. They average 3.20 goals scored per game and allow an average of 3.08 goals per game to opponents. They fall a little behind in power-play percentage, ranking 21st with 18.7%, and rank 24th in the penalty kill at 74.2%.

Jordan Binnington anchors the goaltending tandem with a 9-6-3 record, .908 save percentage and 2.69 GAA. Ville Husso has a 5-2 record with 3.55 GAA and .887 save percentage.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

St. Louis is in a groove right now. Five games with a point is a great streak, and they have an excellent opportunity to extend against a floundering San Jose squad. The Blues are 9-2 in their last 11 road games, while the Sharks are 1-5 in their last six home tilts. Even with Brent Burns’ awesome gap-toothed smile, the Sharks are clearly the inferior team in this one. Blues win.

Prediction:
St. Louis -1.5

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

The Sharks defense has sprung a leak. They’ve allowed four or more goals in six of their last seven games, and their goaltending is among the worst in the NHL. The Blues put up seven goals in the last matchup at San Jose on February 27th, it’s hard to expect anything but more of the same. Go with the over.

Prediction:
Over 5.5