San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues Free Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

Two teams riding winning streaks, the San Jose Sharks and the St. Louis Blues meet at the Scottrade Center in a Western Conference showdown. The match gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 27, and you can see it live on NBC Sports California.

San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues Odds

San Jose is 44-32 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 4.3 units this season. Through 76 regular season matches, 41 of its games have gone under the total, while 32 have gone over and just two have pushed. The Sharks are 20-18 SU on the road in 2017-18.

San Jose has converted on 20.7 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, it has the top penalty kill in the league, and it has successfully killed off 84.9 percent of its penalties.

For the team as a whole, the Sharks have been called for penalties just 3.3 times per game overall during the 2017-18 season, and 2.4 per game over its last five road outings. The team has had to kill penalties just 5.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Averaging 26.1 saves per game with a .918 save percentage, Martin Jones (30-25-7) has been the best option in goal for San Jose this season. Jones played last night, however, so head coach Peter Deboer might opt to rest him and instead go with Aaron Dell (15-12-3 record, .913 save percentage, 2.66 goals against average).

Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns will both be relied on to facilitate things for the visiting Sharks. Pavelski (60 points) has tallied 19 goals and 41 assists, and has recorded two or more points in 12 different games. Burns has 11 goals and 49 assists to his credit (and has notched at least one point in 43 games).

St. Louis is 42-33 straight up (SU) and has earned 2.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 75 regular season matches, 45 of its games have gone under the total, while 29 have gone over and just one has pushed. It’s 23-15 SU at home this season.

The Blues have converted on just 15.5 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that places them in the bottom overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 15th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.6 percent of all penalties.

Blues players have been penalized only 3.4 times per game in total this season, and 2.4 per game over their past ten contests. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 6.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Jake Allen has stopped 24.9 shots per game as the primary netminder in goal for the Blues. Allen has 26 wins, 27 losses, and two OT losses to his name and has registered a fairly-weak .908 save percentage and 2.68 goals against average this year.

Brayden Schenn (25 goals, 38 assists) will pace the offensive counter for the home team.

San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues Betting Predictions

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

Betting Trends

  • Over San Jose’s last ten games, seven of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 6-1 in those games).
  • San Jose has scored 3.1 goals per game overall this season, but is averaging 4.8 per match up over the teams eight-game winning streak.
  • Power plays and penalty kills may be critical in the outcome of this matchup. The Sharks are 18-18 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 33-24 when they’re in the penalty box for fewer than 10 total minutes. The Blues are 18-13 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 32-21 when their penalty minutes are in the single digits.
  • St. Louis is 3-0 in games decided by a shootout this season while San Jose is 5-3 in shootouts.
  • The total has gone under in three of St. Louis last five games.
  • St. Louis is scoring 2.8 goals per game in its last five games (the teams a perfect 8-0 SU over that streak).
  • St. Louis skaters have averaged 3.4 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 5.9 giveaways per game (ranked 1st in the league).
  • San Jose is ranked 23rd this season with 10.3 giveaways per game. That figure has trended down recently, however, as the teams averaged 7.6 giveaways over its last 10 games and 7.8 giveaways over its last five.
  • The Blue Notes this season have recorded the 11th-most hits in the NHL (22.7 per game), but the club has averaged 26.2 over their past five games as the home team.