NHL Betting Preview: San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues – February 20, 2018
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Scottrade Center; St. Louis, MO
Date & Time: Tuesday February 20, 2018; 8:00pm EST
Point Spread: St. Louis Blues -115
Quick Pick: St. Louis Blues -115
In National Hockey League action on Tuesday – the San Jose Sharks will take on the St. Louis Blues. The San Jose Sharks are on the road, where they have gone 15-10-5 on the season. The Sharks have 72 points on the season, which is second in the Pacific Division, and tied for fourth in the Western Conference. The Sharks have won back to back games as they make the trip to St. Louis on Tuesday.
The St. Louis Blues are looking to put a stop to their three game losing streak. The Blues also have 72 points on the season with 34 wins. St. Louis has gone 19-12-0 when playing at home this season. St. Louis in their last game lost on the road at the Dallas Stars on Friday. The St. Louis Blues are -115 over the San Jose Sharks in National Hockey League action on Tuesday.
Blues Looking to Bounce Back
Mike Yeo's St. Louis Blues got off to a great start this season, but their recent struggles have put them in jeopardy of missing hte postseason with 22 games to go. The Blues are struggling to score goals this season with just 2.8 goals per game. Defensively, the Blues still remain as one of the best teams, as they are allowing 2.6 goals per game.
The Blues power play unit has been miserable this season, as they are scoring on just 16.3% of their chances. The penalty kill is average, killing off nearly 82% of the chances. The top scorer for the St. Louis Blues is center Brayden Scheen with 24 goals and 31 assists. St. Louis needs 27 points in the final 22 games to catch their 99 points they finished with a season ago.
Sharks Looking to Stay Hot
The San Jose Sharks have the top penalty kill unit in all of the National Hockey League. Just 15.5% of the chances are scored on the Sharks this season. The Sharks are scoring 2.9 goals per game, and allowing 2.7. The top scorer this season for San Jose has been defense man Brent Burns. Burns has scored just 10 goals, but leads the team with 40 assists. The Sharks are led by Logan Couture's 23 goals.
The Sharks are looking to chase down the Vegas Knights at the top of the Pacific Division, but also have teams trying to track them down. The Ducks are 3 points back, while the Flames are 4 back and Kings sit 5 back. A season ago, the Sharks also finished with 99 points. In was the second straight season that the Sharks won 46 games in the regular season.
St. Louis Wins at Home
The St. Louis Blues need a win, and they need it bad. The last time St. Louis needed a win, and were at home, they did a nice job and beat up on Colorado. Now, the Blues need to snap this losing streak. Look for the St. Louis offense to get going early with Scheen and Tarasenko. The Sharks are a tough team to put away, but the Blues are going to get it down behind Carter Hutton in between the pipes.
The St. Louis Blues are the pick in this game. The Blues win the game, and move ahead of the Sharks in the Western Conference standings. The final bet for Tuesday night is the St. Louis Blues -115 over the San Jose Sharks.