The sequel to one of the year’s most entertaining NHL matchups, we have the St. Louis Blues and the San Jose Sharks for game six. So far the Blues have won three of their five meetings and are favored here for the sixth time per the BetUS online sportsbook.
St. Louis Blues vs San Jose Sharks Betting Preview: Quick Look at Each Team
Blues: Shaky Favorites
February 12, 2021: This is the last time St. Louis has won a game by more than one goal, hence its abysmal 6-19 record on the puck line. You’d be down over eight units if you kept betting them on the puck line.
St. Louis has been a favorite against every team in the division not from Vegas or Colorado. And so far it’s compiled an 11-10-3 record as a favorite, which is pretty bad. But considering its long list of injuries, I can’t entirely blame the team.
The Blues are without several skaters like centers Tyler Bozak and Jaden Schwartz and defenseman Colton Parayko just to name a few. Right wing sensation Vladimir Tarasenko is back, but appeared quite rusty. He hasn’t played many meaningful hockey games in over a year.
Special teams remain a mess for the Blues who rank 21st on the power play and 25th on the penalty kill, the worst in the division. They generally still outplay opponents on 5-on-5, which has been their strength. But special teams, and goaltending, can be spotty.
Sharks: Embrace the Tank
San Jose isn’t any better than St. Louis on the betting lines. You’d be down half a unit if you kept betting on it on the puck line. This is a team that should finally embrace the fact that they are not a playoff contender and should start rebuilding immediately.
The Sharks are 8-11-3 for the year and are 3-9-2 against the winning teams in the division. In fact, two of those wins came against the Blues, one of them via the shootout.
On paper, San Jose has plenty of talented veterans worth something. C Logan Couture is scoring at nearly a point per game. LW Evander Kane is on a 30-goal pace on a regular 82-game slate. And D Brent Burns could still help bolster a contender’s power play.
There is no “quick fix” for this team. They could try trading for a goaltender as that is clearly the team’s weakness, but it won’t help their subpar special teams or temperamental 5-on-5 play. The end is nigh for what was once a perennial playoff contender.
Betting Preview: Blues Top Sharks Again
In what has been one of the most entertaining matchups in the NHL, I expect St. Louis to finally have a definitive victory over the Sharks. Both teams have alternated wins against each other, but look for the Blues to have a more complete performance here.
It was a crazy game the last time around and is probably best remembered for goalie Jordan Binnington’s epic meltdown. But goalie meltdown aside, the Blues scored at will against San Jose.
The Sharks have actually outshot the Blues on several occasions, and generated more scoring chances (130) than the Blues (123). But the Blues have more high-danger goals scored and a higher shooting percent, meaning they’re just converting more easily.
As shaky as Binnington has been in net, I’d take him over Martin Jones four out of five times. I like St. Louis to be a solid NHL pick here for this Monday.