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San Jose Sharks (-110) vs. St. Louis Blues (-110)
NHL: Friday, November 9, 2018, 8:05 PM ET at Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri
On Friday, two teams that seem to be headed in opposite directions will face off when the San Jose Sharks take on the St. Louis Blues. San Jose is third in the Pacific Division with an 8-5-3 record (19 points). St. Louis is in the last place in the Central Division with a 5-5-3 record (13 points). St. Louis is 4-4-1 at home this season and they are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games. San Jose is 4-3-2 on the road and they are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games.
Sharks in Tight Race for Pacific
Until Vancouver won on Thursday night, San Jose was tied for first place in the Pacific Division. San Jose lost on Thursday, lost on Thursday, dropping the first of back to back road games, this time in Dallas, 4-3. Twice, the Stars took the lead before San Jose would rally to tie the game. That included a two-goal lead Dallas had staked themselves to before goals by Joe Pavelski and Evander Kane tied the score. However, Devin Shore gave the Stars the lead with a little over five minutes left in the game, and the Sharks could not gain the equalizer.
The goal for Kane snapped an 11 game drought dating back to October 9 when he scored two goals against the Philadelphia Flyers. Martin Jones gave up four goals on 22 shots, snapping a personal six-game winning streak.
The Sharks enter the contest averaging 3.33 goals per game, 10th in the NHL. They are converting on 21.3% of their power play opportunities, 14th in the league, however, they have been outstanding killing off penalties, doing so at an 86.5% clip. San Jose is 13th in goals allowed per game at 2.93.
The Sharks are led in scoring by Brent Burns who had 20 points (3 goals, 17 assists). Burns had two assists in the loss to Dallas giving him five assists over his last three games. Jones has been a real workhorse in net for San Jose, making 12 starts this season, posting a 7-4-1 record with a 2.84 goals-against average and an .893 save percentage.
Blues Silence Hurricanes at Home
The St. Louis Blues moved to 3-2-0 through the first five games of their seven-game homestand, winning on Tuesday night over the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-1. Ryan O’Reilly was the big story on the night, netting a hat trick to give him seven goals on the season. Chad Johnson stopped 38 of 39 shots for his first victory of the season.
The victory was the third in the last four games for St. Louis and has them threatening to finally get out of the cellar in the Central Division. However, that could prove to be a tough challenge as after they face San Jose, tied for second in the Pacific, they welcome Minnesota, tied for second in their own division.
The Blues have had a great deal of success scoring goals this season, averaging 3.54 per contest, third in the NHL. A 30.8% power-play efficiency, third in the league, has helped greatly. However, they have struggled defensively, allowing 3.69 goals per game, one of the worst in the league.
O’Reilly leads the team in scoring with 19 points (7 goals, 12 assists). He is on a personal eight game point streak with 7 goals and 8 assists during the run. Coming off of the victory, Johnson should be back in net. He has made two starts to the season and has appeared in four games, posting a 1-2-0 record with a 2.47 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage.
- Blues are 1-5 in their last six games following a victory.
- Blues are 6-13 in their last 19 games.
- Blues are 4-10 in their last 14 games against Western Conference opponents.
- Sharks are 4-1 in their last five games against Western Conference opponents.
- Sharks are 31-14 in their last 45 games on the road when facing a team with a losing record at home.
- Sharks are 36-16 in their last 52 games against teams with a losing record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Under normal circumstances, San Jose would get the nod because they are the better team with a far better goaltending. However, San Jose is appearing in back-to-back nights while St. Louis has had a couple of days of rest before taking to the ice. We see that is a huge advantage for the Blues and go with them in this contest. Look for the power-play of St. Louis to be the big difference in this contest.
Prediction: St. Louis Blues
Full-Game Total Pick
The total is set at 6.0, and that is a solid mark to shoot for. Combined, these two teams are averaging almost 7 goals a game which would make this seem like a lock to go over. We also like the fact that they are combining to allow just over six goals per game, making the over the much more sensible choice.
Prediction: Go Over 6.0 (-110)
Full-Game Prop Bet
During the first five games of their seven-game homestand, the Blues have scored in the first period in every one of those games. In fact, in the five games, they have 10 total goals in the first frame. It makes no sense to go against a streak like that.
Prediction: St. Louis scores in the first.
Half-Time Side Pick
Not only is St. Louis scoring in the first, so are their opponents. The Blues have allowed seven goals in the first period in the last five games, and have allowed a goal in all but the first game of this homestand. In five games, there have been 17 first period goals. Go with a good thing and go over.
Prediction: Go with over in the first period.