The San Jose Sharks, led by Brent Burns and Timo Meier, are set to take the ice against Ryan O’Reilly, Vladimir Tarasenko, the St. Louis Blues at the Enterprise Center for a Western Conference showdown. NBC Sports California will showcase the game, which gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, November 9.
San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues Odds
San Jose is 8-8 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 16 regular season contests, nine of its games have gone over the total, while six have gone under and none have pushed. As the road team in 2018-19, the Sharks are 4-5 SU.
San Jose has converted on 20.0 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, it has the third-best penalty kill in the league, and it’s successfully killed off 86.8 percent of its penalties.
Averaging 23.8 saves per game with a .893 save percentage, Martin Jones (7-5-1) has been the best option in goal for San Jose this year. Jones played last night, however, so San Jose might decide to rest him and turn to Aaron Dell instead (1-3-2 record, .913 save percentage, 2.71 goals against average).
On the other bench, St. Louis is 5-8 straight up (SU) and has lost 4.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 13 regular season contests, eight of its games have gone over the total, while four have gone under and just one has pushed. This season, the team is 4-5 SU at home.
The Blues have converted on 31.4 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure that’s good enough for fourth-best in the league. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 16th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.0 percent of all penalties.
Jake Allen (27.2 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for the Blues. Allen has four wins, seven losses, and three OT losses to his credit and has maintained a poor .879 save percentage and 3.99 goals against average this year.
San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues Free Picks
Free NHL Tip: SU Winner – Blues, O/U – Under
- After posting a 5-3 record in games decided by a shootout last year, the Sharks are off to a 0-2 start in shootouts this season. The Blues were 3-0 in shootouts last year and has yet to participate in one this time around.
- For both of these clubs, the over has hit in four of their last five matches.
- The Sharks are 6-4 when the team outshoots its opponent by 10 or more. They’ve averaged the league’s third-most shots on goal (36.7) while St. Louis’s attempted just the 25th-most (30.2).
- San Jose skaters created 18.4 hits per game last season, while the Blues accounted for 23.1 hits per contest.