Blues vs. Sharks Prediction
The St. Louis Blues and the San Jose Sharks both survived seven-game series' to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Will host San Jose draw first blood over St. Louis as the favorites in Game 1 tonight?
Saturday, May 11, 2019
SAP Center at 8:08PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Sharks are a -130 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Blues are a +110 underdog, while the over-under is set at 5.5 goals. As of Saturday morning, 61 percent of public bets are being placed on host San Jose. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Blues win series in double OT
St. Louis prevailed 2-1 in double overtime Tuesday night at home over Dallas in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals. Patrick Maroon scored the game-winning goal with 14:10 remaining in the second OT off assists from Robert Thomas and Tyler Bozak. The Blues opened the scoring with 6:30 to play in the first period on a Vince Dunn goall off assists from Alex Pietrangelo and Thomas. The Stars tied it up later in the first period, while the contest remained tied at 1-1 through regulation and the first overtime. Jordan Binnington made 29 saves on 30 shots in the winning effort.
Sharks hold off Avs in Game 7
San Jose secured a 3-2 home victory Wednesday night over Colorado to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Joe Pavelski scored at the 14:03 mark of the first period to give the Sharks a lead they would not relinquish. Brent Burns and Tomas Hertl assisted on the goal. Hertl made it 2-0 with 8:25 to play in the first on a goal with assists courtesy of Pavelski and Evander Kane. The Avalanche cut their deficit to 2-1 with seconds second left in the first, but Joonas Donskoi pushed it back to 3-1 with 7:23 to play in the second period on a goal assisted by Burns and Melker Karlsson. Colorado drew within one goal again in the first minute of the third period, but could not find the equalizer. Martin Jones registered 27 saves on 29 shots in the winning effort.
NHL Betting Trends
The Blues are 7-1 in their last eight games as underdogs. St. Louis is 5-1 in its last six road games.
The favorite is 4-1 in the last five meetings. The home team is 5-0 in the last five meetings.
St. Louis' defense and goaltending has been at the forefront of its stellar play over the last four months and it should help slow down a potent Sharks offense. San Jose is very talented, but is sometimes slow to get out of the gates and I can certainly see the Blues stealing a road game before the Sharks find their footing. The rookie Binnington has looked completely comfortable in the playoffs and I expect that to continue in Game 1 here. Take a shot on the underdogs tonight.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: ST. LOUIS BLUES +110