Last Updated: 2019-05-15
The San Jose Sharks and the St. Louis Blues are set to battle at the Enterprise Center in third game of the Western Conference Finals. The game gets going at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 15, and you’ll be able to see this Western Conference matchup live on NBC Sports Network.
San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues Odds
San Jose (+125) is currently the underdog to St. Louis (-145), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals. If gamblers want to play the matchup’s total, they’ll be looking at odds of -110 for the over and -110 for the under.
Though the team is 55-43 straight up (SU) this season, San Jose has actually lost 9.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far. Through 98 regular season contests, 56 of its games have gone over the total, while 38 have gone under and just four have pushed. As a road team in 2018-19, the Sharks are 23-24 SU.
The Sharks’ offensive skaters attempted 32.7 shots per game in the regular season, leading to 3.5 goals per contest (ranked second overall in the NHL). In the playoffs, the club’s maintaining an average of 30.9 shots on goal 3.2 goals per game.
On the heels of a regular season in which they scored on 22.7 percent of all power-play chances (sixth-best in the league), the Sharks have connected on 18.6 percent of their power plays in the postseason. Their penalty kill has gone from 81.2 percent in the regular season to 82.8 percent in the playoffs.
Sporting a .898 save percentage and 24.8 saves per game, Martin Jones (46-32-6) has been the primary option in goal for San Jose this year. If it chooses to rest him, however, the team could roll with Aaron Dell (11-16-4 record, .884 save percentage, 3.19 goals against average).
Brent Burns and Logan Couture will both spearhead the attack for the visiting Sharks. Burns has 98 points on 21 goals and 77 assists, and has recorded two or more points in 27 different games. Couture has 40 goals and 49 assists to his creditand has registered a point in 56 games.
On the other bench, St. Louis is 54-43 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 3.1 units this year. Through 97 regular season outings, 49 of its games have gone under the total, while 41 have gone over and just seven have pushed. The team’s 27-21 SU at home this season.
The Blues have converted on 20.1 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked ninth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.9 percent of all opponent power plays.
Blues players have been sent to the penalty box only 3.3 times per game this season, and 2.2 per game over their last five at home. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 7.2 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Jake Allen has stopped 25.1 shots per game as the top option in goal for the Blues. Allen has 19 wins, 27 losses, and eight OT losses to his credit and has maintained a fairly-weak .905 save percentage and 2.83 goals against average this year.
The home team offense will be led by Ryan O’Reilly (31 goals, 57 assists).
San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues Free Picks
Pick: SU Winner – Blues, O/U – Over
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Three of San Jose’s last five outings have gone over the total.
San Jose has managed 28.4 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while St. Louis is averaging 36.6 shots per game over its last five home outings.
San Jose skaters registered 18.4 hits per game last season, while the Blue Notes logged 23.1 hits per contest.