At the beginning of the Western Conference Final between the Blues and Sharks the series was considered even. Each team has star players that are complimented with secondary scoring depth. Additionally, San Jose and St. Louis have defensive depth that has proven to be keys to their advancement. Goaltending for both teams has also been an NHL Betting online asset. Head coaches Peter DeBoer of the Sharks and Craig Berube of the Blues have proven to be unflappable in the face of intense pressure. As a result, handicappers find this matchup the most challenging this far in the playoffs.
San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues Game 4
Date and Time: Friday, May 17, 2019, 8 p.m. ET
Location: Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri
NHL Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|Sharks||+1½ (-230)||5½ (-115)||+120|
|Blues||-1½ (+190)||5½ (-105)||-140|
Sharks vs. Blues TV Coverage: NBCSN
Western Conference Final Series Update
Game three was an unmitigated disaster for the Blues. For example, St. Louis rallied form a 3-1 deficit to take a 4-3 least late into the third period. But Logan Couture tied the game with a goal at the 18:59 mark to force overtime. In the extra session the Sharks got the game winner from Erik Karlsson at 5:35. However the game winning goal was filled with controversy. An illegal hand pass played prominently in Karlsson’s goal. More emphatically the NHL video review process doesn’t cover such plays. San Jose leads the series 2-1.
Now the Blues will host game four before a game five back at San Jose. If necessary, game six will be at St. Louis. A seventh game would be played at the Shark Tank.
Can Blues Recover?
Following the game three roller coaster are legitimate concerns about the Blues mindset going forward. While the overtime game winner was tarnished St. Louis blew the game at regulation. To rally as they did only to blow the lead with a minute to play is bad enough. Additionally, rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington failed to deliver when it mattered most.
Sharks Top Performers
At the onset of this series Logan Couture figured to loom large for the Sharks. Couture is a bona fide Conn Smythe Trophy candidate as playoff Most Valuable Player. His NHL Betting online excellence includes 14 goals with six assists and a plus eight. Further Sharks support comes from defenseman Erik Karlsson. He is one of the highest skilled offensive defensemen in the game. Consider Karlsson has a team high 13 assists to go with two goals. Goaltender Martin Jones can be inconsistent. But he has been clutch when it matters most.
Blues Top Performers
Overall goaltender Jordan Binnington was the key Offshore bookmaker asset that saved the Blues season. Post season has proven to be a much tougher challenge for Binnington. To illuminate his regular season save percentage was .927. Compared to .904 in the playoffs.
Matchup to Watch
In this situation Enterprise Center has been quite hospitable for the Sharks. San Jose has posted eight NHL Betting online payouts in their last 13 visits to St. Louis.
Sharks vs. Blues NHL Betting Online Picks
Summing up game three could prove to be the backbreaker for the Blues.
Sharks vs. Blues NHL Betting Online Pick: San Jose Sharks
Sharks vs. Blues NHL Betting Online Series Prediction: Sharks 4, Blues 2
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