One of these teams, the Sharks or Blues, are going to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. It’s worth noting, because both of them have been notorious for throwing away their chances in recent memory. This year, one of them is going to have a chance at winning the Stanley Cup in the next round. The Sharks look rejuvenated, they’ve looked like a different team for the past several months. You could almost see it in their eyes that this isn’t the same old Sharks. Joe Thornton and company realize that there aren’t going to be too many more chances to be here, so they have to make the most of it.
A lot of people doubted them, and they are just two rounds away from hoisting the Stanley Cup. Logan Couture is having himself a post-season, setting a San Jose Sharks’ record with 11 points in the second-round. Couture seemed asleep in the regular season, but like the Blackhawks and Kings of the past, players are stepping up at the right time.
The same goes for the Blues. People were giving up on them and saying they were never going to reach the Stanley Cup Finals. Due to untimely injuries and bumps along the way, the Blues were already handicapped heading into the playoffs. While it isn’t any excuse, the Blues are playing at full-strength now and it certainly shows on the ice. In Game 7 against the Stars in Dallas, the Blues left no doubts, as they blew them away by a score of 6-1. Brian Elliott was struggling at times in the second-round, the Stars nearly had him. In the final game it was lights out for the Stars though, as Elliott stepped up and showed flashes of what he did in the regular season. So here we are, it’s Game 1 and one is going to the Stanley Cup Finals.
San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues NHL Playoffs Pick
Elliott can’t be off again or I think it’s going to catch up to him against the Sharks. In a lot of ways this series comes down to him and Sharks’ goaltender Martin Jones. I think what we have is two equally matched teams and it very well could go to seven games. After the Penguins’ lackluster effort last night, some people are thinking Game 7’s in both series. Despite the slow start, the Pens should still come out there, but the Sharks and Blues’ series is not so clear-cut. In any case though, I am giving the edge to the Blues. I said they were going to go all the way to the finals if they knocked the Blackhawks off in the 1st round, well that they did.
The Sharks do play well on the road, there is no denying that fact. They accumulated a record away from home of 31-11-4 for tops in the NHL. The recent ten matchups between the Sharks and Blues paints a picture of two similar teams, as the Sharks have a 6-4 advantage in those games. They last played on March 22nd, where the Blues won it 1-0. Both of these offenses have been clicking lately. The Sharks have averaged 3.50 goals per game and the Blues have averaged 3.40 goals per game in their last ten games. There was only one game that went UNDER 5 goals in the Blues series, and for the Sharks against the Predators, there weren’t any that fell UNDER 5 goals. The playmakers have been zeroed in on both ends. I look for it to continue today and make a play on the OVER 5 to open the series in Game 1.
PICK: OVER 5 GOALS (-115)