Last Updated: 2019-05-11
The St. Louis Blues and the San Jose Sharks are set to face off at the SAP Center in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. The puck drops at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 11, and fans at home are able to catch the game live on NBC.
St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks Odds
San Jose enters the game as the favorite with a -120 moneyline. The line for St. Louis sits at +100, and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -130 for the under and +110 for the over.
Despite posting a record of 54-42 straight up (SU), San Jose has produced 9.4 units for moneyline bettors this season. Of its 96 games this season, 54 have gone over the total, while 38 have gone under and just four have pushed. The team is 31-18 SU at home this year.
The Sharks’ offense attempted 32.8 shots per game in the regular season, leading to 3.5 goals per contest (ranked second overall in the NHL). In the playoffs, the team is attempting an average of 31.7 shots on goal ( 3.1 goals per game).
Following a regular season where they converted 22.9 percent of all power-play opportunities (the sixth-best), the Sharks have connected on 18.9 percent of their postseason power play chances. Their penalty kill has gone from 80.8 percent in the regular season to 80.8 percent in the playoffs.
Averaging 24.8 saves per game with a .899 save percentage, Martin Jones (45-31-6) has been the best goalkeeper for San Jose this season. If the Sharks choose to give him the night off, however, the team may go with Aaron Dell (11-16-16 record, .884 save percentage, 3.19 goals against average).
St. Louis has earned 3.1 units for moneyline bettors this year and is currently 53-42 straight up (SU). A total of 49 of its matches have gone under the total, while 39 have gone over and just seven have pushed. The Blues are 26-21 SU as an away team this season.
The Blues have scored on 20.5 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked ninth overall and it’s successfully killed off 80.8 percent of all opponent power plays.
Jake Allen (25.1 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for St. Louis. Allen has 19 wins, 27 losses, and eight overtime losses to his credit, while registering a .905 save percentage and 2.83 goals against average this year.
St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks Betting Predictions
Free NHL Tip: SU Winner – Blues, O/U – Under
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Three of San Jose’s last five outings gone under the total.
St. Louis has managed 29.6 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while San Jose has been attempting 35.0 shots per game over its last five at home.
Four of San Jose’s last ten games have been decided by two or more goals. The team is 3-1 overall in those games.
St. Louis skaters notched 23.1 hits per game last season, while the Sharks logged 18.4 hits per contest.