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Elliott Continues to Shine for Blues

Joe Thornton San Jose Sharks Brian Elliott St. Louis Blues NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

The St. Louis Blues leaned on the sensational goaltending of Brian Elliott to take a 1-0 series lead over the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference final and will look to head out to California with a commanding 2-0 lead with a win in Game 2 Tuesday.

Shark Bites
  • The Blues are 6-0 SU in their last six games on Tuesday.
  • The Sharks are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games as road underdogs.
  • The Sharks are 13-5 SU in their last 18 games after back-to-back losses on the road.

Online shop Bovada is currently offering the Blues at -130 in moneyline markets while the Sharks are +110. In puckline betting, the Blues are -1.5 (+230) while the Sharks are -270. As far as the total is concerned, both sides of the 5-goal total are -110.

Elliott stopped 31 of San Jose’s 32 shots in the series opener, continuing his strong performance between the pipes for the Blues during their current Stanley Cup run. Furthermore, the 31-year-old has been dominant versus the Sharks in five career playoff appearances as he improved to 4-0 with a 1.29 goals-against average and .954 save percentage with Sunday’s performance.

This is the first time this postseason that the Sharks lost a Game 1, so it will be interesting to see how the team responds. Speaking of responses, head coach Peter DeBoer certainly had some words about a lack of calls in Sunday’s contest as he was frustrated with just three power play chances.

"St. Louis is one of the most-penalized teams in the league, regular season and playoffs," DeBoer said. "They need to call the game accordingly. Need to make them pay a price for being the most-penalized team in the power play, which we didn't last night."

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're backing the visiting San Jose Sharks in this one, they Sharks listed earlier today as underdogs of 115 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Those over/under total betting saw the number open in the area of 5, depending on the book.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 3-2.2 win for the Blues on Tuesday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

San Jose Sharks vs St. Louis Blues Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The San Jose Sharks will look to vanquish their hosts on Tuesday, as they are 54-32-9 this season, while the Blues are 58-28-11. San Jose is 48-36-11 against the total, while St. Louis is 38-43-16 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and St. Louis vs San Jose injuries news.

The Sharks - Blues odds would favor the Sharks if the lines were set according to our power ranks. St. Louis is rated No. 5 in the current Odds Shark poll, while San Jose is at No. 2.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits St. Louis's No. 12-ranked offense, averaging 2.78 goals per game, against a Sharks defense that ranks No. 8 at 2.53 goals allowed. The Blues power play is averaging 22.58% while the Sharks defense kills off 80% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

San Jose lost its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Blues on May 15. Bettors who backed the Blues at -139 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • San Jose is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • San Jose is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games on the road
  • San Jose is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • San Jose is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing St. Louis
  • St. Louis is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • St. Louis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing San Jose
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of St. Louis's last 12 games when playing San Jose
  • St. Louis is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against San Jose

Next Betting Matchups

San Jose home to St. Louis, Thursday, May 19th