St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks

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The Blues snapped their five-game losing streak in their last game facing a Sharks team that has lost three in a row.

The Blues snapped their skid in their last game in a shootout and they have only scored three goals in their last three games. The team sit in fourth place in the West Division eight points back of the Vegas Golden Knights and nine points clear of San Jose.

The Shark had won three in a row before dropping their last three games. The team has scored six goals in the three losses with three of them coming in one game. San Jose has had issues on both sides of the ice this season, which is why they are in seventh place in the West only two points out of the basement.

The Blues have won four of their last five road games facing the Sharks.

Defense Helps End Skid

The Blues ended their five-game losing streak playing solid defense in a 2-1 shutout win over the Sharks in their last game. Tyler Bozak scored a shorthanded goal in regulation and Vladimir Tarasenko scored the decisive goal in the shootout.

St. Louis outshot the Sharks 34-31 and Jordan Binnington (10-7-4 2.72 GAA) had a solid game in between the pipes turning away 30 of 31 shots faced. St. Louis had lost his previous three starts where he gave up 12 goals. Either he or Ville Husso (5-3-1 3.57 GAA), who has given up seven goals in his last two starts, will get the call in this game.

On the season the Blues are averaging 2.97 goals per game and their attack has been slumping as of late. David Perron leads the team with 29 points and he and Brayden Schenn have combined for 25 goals. Perron has failed to register a point in his last four games and Schenn has not registered a point in his last three games. On the season the Blues are tied with four other teams for the most road wins (10) in the league.

Golden Opportunity Backfires

In the shootout loss to the Blues the Sharks had a power play opportunity in the third quarter but it backfired as they gave up the game-tying shorthanded goal. Ryan Donato scored the lone goal for San Jose for his fourth of the season and Martin Jones (8-6-2 3.45 GAA) was solid stopping 33 of 34 shots but could not get it done in the shootout. Jones has given up one goal in each of his last two starts and he or Devan Dubnyk (3-7-2 3.12 GAA), who was peppered for five goals in his last start, will get the nod against the Blues.

Evander Kane leads the Sharks with 26 points and ranks second with 12 goals and he has been doing his part with three goals and three assists over his last five games. Logan Couture leads the club with 13 goals and has failed to score a point in the last four games. San Jose is tied with the New Jersey Devils with the second-fewest home wins (3) in the league.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

Both of these teams have been struggling as of late and the Blues snapped their five-game skid with the shootout win over the Sharks in their last game. They have won four of their last five games facing the Sharks on the road and I look for that trend to continue. St. Louis won the last game with solid defense and I look for them to do the same in this game facing a Sharks’ team that has scored only one goal in two of their last three games. The San Jose offense will be stymied again and on home ice, where they only have three wins on the season, they will suffer their fourth straight loss.

Prediction:
Blues

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

The last game between these two teams went Under and that is the pick I am leaning towards in this game. The Blues have an Under record of 5-1 in their last six road games and the Sharks have an Under record of 5-1-1 in their last seven games. Neither team is averaging over three goals per game and each offense has struggled in the last few games. The Sharks have lost three in a row wherein two of them they only scored one goal. Look for a second straight defensive game between these rivals, which is why the Under is the smart pick.

Prediction:
Under