St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks Free Pick 5/13/19

Date | AuthorBTB Staff

Last Updated: 2019-05-13

The St. Louis Blues hope to tie the series up at the SAP Center in Game 2 of the NHL’s Western Conference Finals. NBC Sports Network will broadcast the matchup, and the opening face-off is at 9 p.m. ET on Monday, May 13.

St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks Odds

San Jose is 55-42 straight up (SU) and has earned 8.4 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 97 regular season matches, 55 of the team’s games have gone over the total, while 38 have gone under and just four have pushed. The team’s 32-18 SU at home this season.

The Sharks’ offensive skaters 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’s attempting an average of 31.3 shots on goal 3.3 goals per game.

After accounting for the sixth-strongest power-play unit in the regular season (scoring on 22.9 percent of all chances), the Sharks have connected on 19.3 percent of their postseason power play opportunities. Their penalty kill has gone from 80.8 percent in the regular season to 81.1 percent in the playoffs.

Boasting a .899 save percentage and 24.9 saves per game, Martin Jones (46-31-6) has been the primary goalkeeper for the Sharks this year. If head coach Peter Deboer chooses to give him a rest, however, the team might roll with Aaron Dell (11-16-16 record, .884 save percentage, 3.19 goals against average).

St. Louis has earned moneyline bettors 2.1 units this year and is currently 53-43 straight up (SU). A total of 49 of its outings have gone under the total, while 40 have gone over and just seven have pushed. The Blues are 26-22 SU as the visiting team this season.

The Blues have converted on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities 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 (.905 save percentage and 2.83 goals against average) has been the main option in goal for St. Louis. Allen is averaging 25.1 saves per game and owns a 19-27-8 record.

St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks Betting Predictions

Prediction: SU Winner – Blues, O/U – Under

Notes

Betting Trends

Four of San Jose’s last ten games have been decided by two or more goals, and the team is 3-1 overall in those games.

Penalties and power plays could prove to be extremely important tonight. The Blues are 26-23 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 39-29 in games where they serve fewer than 10 penalty minutes, in total. The Sharks are 25-18 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 40-24 when their penalty minutes are in the single digits.

San Jose is 0-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while St. Louis is 3-3 in shootouts.

Three of San Jose’s last five outings have gone under the total.

One of the best teams when it comes to valuing possession, St. Louis is ranked third this season with just 7.8 giveaways per game. That figure has trended upward lately, as it’s averaged 10.4 giveaways over its last 10 games and 13.2 giveaways over its last five.

San Jose is ranked 16th this season with 9.8 giveaways per game. That figure has trended down recently, however, as the team’s averaged 7.8 giveaways over its last 10 games and 7.4 giveaways over its last five.

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