The game of the night for Monday is in St. Louis tonight, as the San Jose Sharks and Blues tangle for a matchup of the hotter teams in hockey. Since Jaden Schwartz came back from injury, the Blues have been on fire, lighting the ice up with no loss since his return. The biggest test they had was against the Kings, but they were able to nab that one as well in a 2-1 overtime victory. The Blues followed it up with another win against the Coyotes in a 6-4 high scoring affair. That made it five straight wins for the Blues, who are looking in control at the moment. They have secured at least 1 point in their last seven games, their only loss coming to the Winnipeg Jets in a shootout. St. Louis has long awaited the return of a healthy lineup and now they are seeing what they can do with a healthy team. Schwartz has definitely been contributing to this resurgence for the Blues. He has scored 4 goals since coming back, in only five games. Schwartz earned 5 points in those five games, including an assist to add to the 4 goals.
The San Jose Sharks have been playing pretty good hockey lately as well, winning three of four games. They are 4-2 in their last six. The beauty of the Sharks has been their ability to win on the road. I have never been to San Jose, but by looking at the way the Sharks have played on the ice at home, it doesn’t seem like the greatest place. At the very least, it doesn’t seem to get the Sharks very motivated. The Sharks will feel just fine on the road tonight, where they are 20-9-2. At home they are 11-12-3, yeah, it’s a little perplexing. The Sharks may want to just decline home ice advantage in the playoffs, if that’s what they get. These two clubs haven’t had anything to show for their solid play in the regular season in recent years. The Blues, especially, need to do something this time around. No more excuses in St. Louis. Find our pick below, which looks to be an exciting matchup.
San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues NHL Pick
The Blues have gotten some offensive punch back with Schwartz. He is one of the more underrated players in the NHL I find, and will need to turn this pace on again when it matters even more so in a couple months time. It would be just like the Blues to cool down when spring time rolls around. They have caught bad luck with the injury bug that time of the year, so stay healthy, and we will see where the chips land. Brian Elliot is going to need to be a key cog as well, he has been thus far. The former Senator holds a 2.06 GAA and record of 17-7-6. Elliot is 1st in the NHL in that regard for a goaltender with the amount of starts he’s had. He also owns a 1st place save percentage of 0.931. In the Blues last ten games, they have allowed only 1.70 goals per game. In half, they let in 1 or no goals. Last game, a 6-4 final against the Yotes, was definitely an exception to their average.
The Sharks’ offense has been playing pretty well, scoring 3.10 goals per game in their last ten matchups. The defense has been good too, posting 2.50 goals allowed per game. San Jose lost to the Hurricanes by a score of 5-2 on the 19th. Seventeen goals were scored in both of the Blues and Sharks previous game. I think the Blues calm things down after that high-scoring affair against the Coyotes. I see them trying to grind the Sharks out and getting back to a sound defensive effort compared to what we saw against Arizona, which is their forte. The trend favors the OVER in this one, but I think it’s time for some regression to the mean tonight in St. Louis. Someone is winning tonight 3-1.
PICK: UNDER 5 GOALS (-105)