San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues - 12/21/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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St. Louis Blues (22-8-6) at San Jose Sharks (16-18-2)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center at San Jose)
The Line: San Jose Sharks +109 / St. Louis Blues -120 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks meet Saturday in NHL action at the SAP Center.
The St. Louis Blues look for another win to build on their four-game winning streak. The St. Louis Blues are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 21.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Schenn leads St. Louis with 15 goals, Ryan O'Reilly has 26 assists and Vladimir Tarasenko has 26 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 85.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 62 goals on 771 shots and Jake Allen has allowed 24 goals on 341 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or less goals in four straight games.
The San Jose Sharks need a win after losing seven of their last eight games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 14.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Evander Kane leads San Jose with 14 goals, Erik Karlsson has 23 assists and Brent Burns has 100 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 88.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 34 goals on 324 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 84 goals on 753 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 12 games.
The Blues are 4-0 in their last 4 games as a favorite, 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The Sharks are 5-1 in their last 6 Saturday games, 10-4 in their last 14 vs. Western Conference and 8-20 in their last 28 games as an underdog. The over is 5-1 in Blues last 6 overall. The under is 4-1 in Sharks last 5 overall. The Blues are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The home team is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings. The under is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings in San Jose.
The San Jose Sharks will have revenge on their mind after being sent home in the playoffs by these Blues, as they lost the final three games and were outscored in those contests 12-2. And while the revenge factor sounds good, the Blues are playing better hockey heading into this matchup as well, while the Sharks are quickly falling apart and the defensive effort remains nearly nonexistent. The St. Louis Blues physicality should be the deciding factor yet again and the Blues win their fifth meeting in the last six tries against the Sharks.