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St. Louis Blues (+175) vs. San Jose Sharks (-205)
NHL: Saturday, November 17, 2018, 10: 30 PM ET at SAP Center, San Jose, California
It’s a battle of the worst versus first on Saturday night as the San Jose Sharks, first place in the Pacific Division, take on the St. Louis Blues, in last place in the Central Division. San Jose is 10-7-3 this season (23 points), while St. Louis is 6-7-3 (15 points). Both teams are 5-4-1 over their last 10 games.
Blues Looks to Close out Road Trip on Winning Note
St. Louis entered Friday night’s game against Vegas as losers of their first contest on this three-game road trip, falling to the Chicago Blackhawks, 1-0. These two teams met a week ago when the Blues shutout San Jose in St. Louis, 4-0.
It has been feast or famine in November for the Blues. They have scored two goals or less in three of their contests and have scored four goals or more in three others. The loss to Chicago was an especially bitter one as Jake Allen played well in the net, stopping 18 of 19 shots he faced. He rebounded well after giving up five goals to Minnesota in his prior contest.
The Blues are averaging 3.2 goals per game while giving up 3.2 goals per game. Their power-play has been exceptional, producing on 27.1% of their opportunities. The penalty killing has been great as well, killing off 81.8%.
Ryan O’Reilly was held scoreless in the loss again Chicago, snapping a 10 game point streak. He scored aa goal and had nine assists during the streak giving him a total of eight goals and 13 assist the season. Chad Johnson will be in goal for St. Louis. He is 2-3-0 this season with a 2.08 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.
Maple Leafs Drop Sharks at Home, 5-3
The San Jose won the first two games of their five home stand, but saw that streak come to an end as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat San Jose 5-3. It was a wild first period that saw the Sharks leave the period leading 3-2. However, Toronto would rally with three straight goals in the victory.
Joe Pavelski added a goal and an assist moving him to 11 goals and three assists in the first 20 games of the season. He has four goals and three assists in his last three games.
The Sharks have been exceptional killing penalties this season, ranked second in the National Hockey League at 88.9%. They are connecting on 18.5% of their power plays. Like St. Louis, they are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are giving up 3.2 per contest.
Brent Burns leads the team in scoring with three goals in 19 assists. Logan Couture is in a bit of a rut, held scoreless in his last four games and with just one point in his last six. Martin Jones will be in net; he is 9-5-1 in his 15 starts this season with a 2.94 goals-against average and a .894 save percentage.
- Sharks are 4-0 in their last four games on a Saturday.
- Sharks are 4-1 in their last five home games.
- Sharks are 6-2 in their last eight games against Western Conference teams.
- Blues are 1-5 in their last six games on the road.
- Blues are 0-4 in their last four games on the road against teams with a winning record at home.
- Blues are 7-15 in their last 22 games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
St. Louis has won five of the last seven games between these two teams, and both enter with identical records over their last 10 contests. Neither team is playing exceptionally well at this particular point, however, San Jose is extremely tough at home while St. Louis is struggling on the road of late. We expect San Jose to pull out the victory.
Prediction: San Jose Sharks
Full-Game Total Pick
The total is set at 5.5 in these two teams are averaging a combined total of 6.4 per contest. Neither is getting very good goaltending now, and they eat have a player who is putting up points. Look for the over.
Prediction: Go Over 5.5 (-110)
Full-Game Prop Bet
San Jose put up three goals in the first period of their last game, continuing the trend of scoring within the first frame of the contest. Look for them to add to that total in this contest.
Prediction: San Jose scores in the first.
Half-Time Side Pick
With the exception of the game again Chicago, St. Louis is played well on the road, scoring 13 goals in their previous four games. San Jose has played well at home, and has taken advantage of the home crowd to jump on top of opponents early. It is for this reason that we expect the over to be the case in the first period of this game.
Prediction: Go with over in the first period.