NHL Playoffs: St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks Betting Odds & Pick from Will Rogers: May 21st 2016
St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks
NHL Playoffs Betting Pick: San Jose -149 odds (May 21st 2016)
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The San Jose Sharks have had a long history of playoff disappointments, but things appear to be different this year. The Sharks took a commanding 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Final with a 3-0 win on home ice in Game 3. They’ve out-scored the Blues 7-0 in the last two games, and I don’t think St. Louis has much of a chance in Game 4 at the Shark Tank.
Here are my keys to the game:
1. Goaltending – Martin Jones let in a bad goal (for the first time this post-season) that cost the Sharks in Game 1. He’s since stopped all 48 shots he’s faced in the next two games, registering back-to-back shutouts. Jones now has three shutouts in his last four starts.
2. No Ordinary Joe – The Sharks Joe Pavelski leads all scorers with nine goals in the playoffs so far, and he’s one of three sharks that are 1,2 and 3 overall in points scored this post-season. Joe Thornton has been dominant as well, and he had two points in Game 3. Thornton is not showing any signs of slowing down at the age of 36, and he’s been one of the Shark’s best players in this series.
3. X-Factor – Thomas Hertl had been awful quiet prior to Game 3, but the 22 year old found the net twice in San Jose’s 3-0 win. He’s as dangerous as they come, giving the Blues just one more sniper to have to worry about.
Selection: This is a play on the San Jose Sharks (Free)