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Blues Eye Cup Final Berth for First Time Since ’70 in Game 6 vs Sharks

The St. Louis Blues return to the Enterprise Center for Game 6 of the Western Conference Final with a 3-2 series lead over the San Jose Sharks. The Blues have stormed back from a 2-1 series deficit and now seek a Stanley Cup Final berth. St. Louis is a -170 favorite with San Jose coming back at +150 and the total opening at 5.5 goals.

Sharks vs Blues Game Center

Standout Stats

  • St. Louis is 11-7 SU but 7-11 ATS through the playoffs. The Blues are also 4-5 SU and 0-9 ATS at home.
  • San Jose is 10-9 SU and ATS in the postseason. The Sharks are 3-5 SU but 5-3 ATS on the road.
  • The total has gone OVER in 11 of San Jose’s 19 games in the playoffs with an average combined score of 6.21. Meanwhile, the total has gone UNDER in eight of St. Louis’ 18 postseason games with an average combined score of 5.5. The total has gone OVER in three of the first five games of this series with an average combined score of 6.4.
  • Sharks goaltender Martin Jones is sporting a .880 save percentage and a 3.61 goals-against average in the series, both of which rank second-last among starting netminders in the two conference finals.
  • Jordan Binnington (STL) holds a .902 save percentage and a 2.85 goals-against average through this series against the Sharks and is coming off a 21-save shutout.
  • The power-play units for both teams are struggling in this series with San Jose clicking at 16.7 percent and St. Louis capitalizing on 15.8 percent of its extra-man opportunities.
  • San Jose’s Logan Couture has been carrying the load by chipping in five goals thus far in this series to lead all players. Meanwhile, St. Louis’ Vladimir Tarasenko leads all players in scoring overall this series with seven points (two goals and five assists).
  • Both games played at the Enterprise Center in this series have been one-goal games, including Game 3 that went to overtime.
  • Injuries could be an issue for San Jose in Game 6 as defenseman Erik Karlsson and forwards Tomas Hertl and captain Joe Pavelski are dealing with various ailments.

My Best Bet for San Jose vs St. Louis

St. Louis -1.5

The injuries dogging the Sharks are going to be a major factor in Game 6. Erik Karlsson played just over three minutes in the second period of Game 5 and had just one shift through the final 10 minutes of the game dealing with a groin issue. Martin Jones is struggling to keep the puck out of his net and the Blues’ depth continues to put a ton of pressure on the Sharks and I think ultimately puts them away tonight.

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