NHL: St Louis Blues vs San Jose Sharks
Team matchup: This will be 5th game between St Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks. After first game, where Sharks won in St Louis, the things go other way. St Louis Blues won 3 straight games. But all games were very close. last two games were decided by one goal. Sharks are playing good hockey, they are way better team from that period, before playoffs, where they were really shaky. They play good hockey and I think they should be something around @2.50 in this game. @2.78 is little bit high. They were better in last game: They were 67 seconds from being blanked on Thursday before Thornton scored off an assist from new line mate Logan Couture, who took the place of Patrick Marleau on the No. 1 line along with Joe Pavelski. Coach Todd McLellan said it was the Sharks’ best 60-minute effort of the playoff. Thornton won 71 percent of his face offs in Game 4 and Pavelski won 57 percent, but the Sharks were just 4-for-11 on defensive-zone draws when killing a penalty and offensive-zone draws while on the power play.
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Goalie matchup: St Louis is without Halak, but Elliot is playing really good. He is on 94.4% saves in playoffs. Niemi on other side was shaky before playoffs, but right now is solid and with all the talent San Jose Sharks have, he can win. In playoffs he is on 91.2% saves.
Reason for pick: I think these odds are to high on home team. Sharks are good and very talented team. They can score and they can win. They played 4 very close games and I expect, that this will be another close one. And they showed us in last games before playoffs, that they have character to win, when they have to. They are dominating in face offs and their last game was the best as their coach said. If they will play with same effort, which I believe, they will, then they have better chances to win this game, than this odds suggest. Road team is also 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. Play Sharks.
Bet: San Jose Sharks @ 2.78 with Pinnacle Sports