Blues vs. Sharks Prediction
The San Jose Sharks made a statement in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the St. Louis Blues. Can host San Jose push its series lead to 2-0 with another victory tonight?
Monday, May 13, 2019
SAP Center at 9:08PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Sharks are a -135 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Blues are a +115 underdog, while the total is set at 5.5 goals. As of Monday afternoon, 63 percent of public bets are coming in on host San Jose. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Blues doubled up in Game 1
St. Louis suffered a 6-3 defeat Saturday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals at San Jose. After falling behind 1-0 3:31 into the contest, the Blues tied it at 1-1 on a Joel Edmundson goal at the 10:47 mark off assists from Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko. The Sharks scored a couple minutes later to take the lead back and then extended it to 3-1 with 12:19 to play in the second period. St. Louis trimmed it back to 3-2 a little over a minute later as Ryan O'Reilly scored with assists going to David Perron and Sammy Blais. San Jose proceeded to score two more goals the rest of the second to push its lead to three goals. The Blues cut it back to 5-3 with 6:59 remaining on a Tyler Bozak goal with assists courtesy of Patrick Maroon and Vince Dunn. The Sharks added another insurance goal with 2:21 left. Jordan Binnington surrendered five goals on 24 shots in the losing effort.
Sharks roll in series opener
San Jose took a 1-0 series lead Saturday night with a 6-3 home win over St. Louis in the Western Conference Finals. The Sharks went ahead 1-0 at the 16:29 mark of the first period on a Logan Couture goal with assists from Gustav Nyquist and Timo Meier. The Blues evened the score at the 10:47 mark, but the hosts added another goal later in the first via Joe Pavelski on the power play off assists by Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson. Kevin Labanc made it a 3-1 game with 12:19 to play in the second period on an assist by Joe Thornton. St. Louis cut it to 3-2 a little over a minute later, but San Jose scored again midway through the second on a Meier goal assisted by Couture. Meier scored his second goal of the period with 2:26 left on assists from Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Nyquist to make it 5-2. The Blues cut their deficit to two goals in the third period, but Couture added an empty-netter with 2:21 remaining to put it away with assists going to Pavelski and Evander Kane. Sharks netminder Martin Jones picked up the win between the pipes as he allowed three goals on 31 shots.
NHL Betting Trends
The Blues are 7-2 in their last nine games as an underdog. St. Louis is 5-1 in its last six Monday games.
The Sharks are 4-0 in the last four home meetings versus the Blues. San Jose is 6-1 in its last seven games as a favorite.
San Jose showcased its array of offensive talent in Game 1 and it was too much for the rookie Binnington plus his defense in front of him to handle. While the Blues might make some adjustments, I think the Sharks are on a mission here and have been strong at home against all competition. Tonight's game will likely be closer, but I expect San Jose to notch another win.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: SAN JOSE SHARKS -135