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Blues Sharks: Game 5 Betting Preview

The St. Louis Blues can finish off the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night as they carry a commanding 3-1 series advantage into Game 5 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series.

The Blues grabbed the series stranglehold on Thursday night, winning 2-1 on the road at -114 on the NHL lines at the sportsbooks. Andy McDonald potted the winning goal in that game.

The Blues sit at 49-22-11 on the season; in comparison, the Sharks are currently 43-29-10. Looking to wager on the totals? St. Louis is 21-43-18 OU, and San Jose is 37-42-3 OU.

View San Jose vs St Louis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Blues as -185 favorites on the opening moneyline for this contest at Bovada. The over under opened at 5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
The Blues sit at No. 6 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Sharks sit at a No. 9 on the same chart.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up St. Louis' No. 22-ranked offense (2.6 goals per game) against a Sharks defense that ranks No. 9 at 2.6 goals per game allowed. The Blues powerplay has clicked at a 16.7% rate while the Sharks have a 76.9% rate on the penalty kill.

St. Louis won its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Sharks on April 19. Bettors who backed the Blues at -114 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

San Jose Sharks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Toronto are 4-6
After playing St. Louis are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

St. Louis Blues Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Tampa Bay are 3-7
After playing San Jose are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

 

A few Sharks at Blues trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Jose's last 6 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Jose's last 7 games when playing St. Louis
San Jose is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
San Jose is 5-13 SU in its last 18 games on the road
St. Louis is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing San Jose
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis' last 6 games when playing at home against San Jose
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis' last 7 games when playing San Jose

Next up:
San Jose home to St. Louis, Monday, April 23

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