St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks

 

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The last game was postponed due to COVID-19 and the Sharks have missed the last two games because of the pandemic.

The Blue may have needed a game-break, as they have lost three in a row and the first loss was 5-4 to the Sharks at home. St. Louis has fallen into second place in the West Division but they are only a point back of the Vegas Golden Knights. He team has been balanced, to say the least, as they are averaging 2.95 goals per game and giving up an average of 2.95 goals per game.

The Sharks had lost two of three games before missing their last two with the lone win in that span coming against the Blues. The team is tied with the Ducks in the basement of the West Division, and they have struggled on both sides of the ice this season. They are giving up an average of 3.71 goals per game while only averaging 2.53 goals per game.

Lot of Offense then a Little

The Blues have lost three in a row where in the first loss they scored four goals and gave up five and in the last two losses they have only totaled one goal. After a 3-0 loss to the Kings the Blues faced them at home in the last game losing 2-1 and it looked like another shutout loss, but Oskar Sundqvist scored with 1:46 remaining. Jordan Binnington (8-6-2 2.49 GAA) stopped 18 of 20 shots in the loss and he has given up two goals in three of his last four starts including his last two. Backup Ville Husso (2-2-0 3.74 GAA) has seen action in five games this season and in his last start gave up four goals while only giving up three goals in his previous two starts.

Five players have scored at least six goals led by Brayden Schenn with nine goals and he has two goals and an assist in his last five games. David Perron leads the team with 20 points (6 goals 14 assists) and over his last four games he has a goal and four assists.

Time to Forget

The Sharks have had their last two games posed due to COVID-19 and maybe it gave them time to forget their last game where they were at home and lost to the Minnesota Wild 6-2. In that game Brent Burns scored only 45 seconds into the game but then San Jose gave up four unanswered goals.

Logan Couture netted his 10th for the other goal and starting G Martin Jones (6-5-1 3.85 GAA) was yanked in the middle of the game after giving up four goals on 20 shots. Devan Dubnyk (1-3-1 2.88 GAA) came in relief in the last game giving up one goal on 13 shots after giving up four goals in his previous start.

Couture leads the team in both goals (10) and points (16) and is one of only three players that have double digits in points. He has scored three goals in his last two games and in his last five games has four goals and an assist. Evander Kane has notched an assist in each of the last two games. San Jose simply does not have a lot of firepower up front and Couture is the only player with over six goals.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

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While the Blues have lost three in a row all three of those games were at home and they are 5-1 in their last six road games. On the other side of the coin the Sharks did beat the Blues on the road recently but they have dropped five of their last six home games. I think the Blues attack, which has scored only one goal in the last two games, will come alive facing a San Jose team that was lit up for six goals in their last game. St. Louis has won seven of their last nine games against San Jose and look for that trend to continue, as they will get the win and snap their three-game skid.

Prediction:
Blues -155

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Even though these teams combined for only three goals in their last games and the Blues have only scored one goal in their last two games I am leaning towards the Over in this one. These teams recently met in San Jose where the teams combined for nine goals with San Jose winning 5-4. I see that type of game in this one, as the Blues will get back on track on the attack facing a Sharks’ team that was lit up for six goals in their last game. Each team will be rested for this game, as the Sharks have missed their last two and the Blues their last one. Each team will come out attacking and in a game where there will be a lot of goals the Over is the pick.

Prediction:
Over 5.5 goals