NHL Odds Blues vs Sharks Game 1

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

By Rock Westfall
NHL Betting Odds Blues vs Sharks Game 1

At the beginning of the season neither the San Jose Sharks or the St. Louis Blues were considered top tier favorites to win the Western Conference. Yet they are the last two teams standing in the West as they prepare for their best of seven conference final series in which the winner will advance to the Stanley Cup Final. Both teams feature scoring depth, strong defensive corps, clutch goaltending and superior coaching. With all else being equal the question remains what the difference will ultimately be. And the answer just may be as simple and primitive as home ice advantage.

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St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks Game 1

  • Date and Time: Saturday, May 11, 2019, 8 p.m. ET
  • Location: SAP Center, San Jose, California
  • NHL Betting Online Odds at Betcris: Blues +113, Sharks -133, over under 5.5, Blues +1.5 -245, Sharks -1.5 +203
  • Blues vs. Sharks TV Coverage: NBC
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Series Overview

Saturday features the first game of the best of seven Western Conference Final between the Blues and Sharks. Game two will also take place at San Jose. Games three and four will shift to the Enterprise Center in St. Louis. If necessary, game five will be at San Jose, game six at St. Louis, and game seven back at the Shark Tank.

St. Louis Blues Road to the Western Conference Final

At the start of the New Year the Blues were dead last in the entire NHL. Not only was St. Louis written off for dead and given no chance for the post season but they were playing with lethargy for an interim coach. But out of that misery came design.

Craig Berube, who took over as head coach for the fired Mike Yeo, eventually got the commitment and effort that was lacking under his predecessor. Just as important, a rookie goaltender named Jordan Binnington took over in goal. And the Blues took off from there to nearly steal the Central Division title.

St. Louis went 38-19-6 under Berube but still was a playoff underdog against the Winnipeg Jets in the first round. St. Louis dispatched of the Jets in six games followed by a thrilling seven game series win over the Dallas Stars in the second round.

San Jose Sharks Road to the Western Conference Final

The Sharks were absolutely terrible at the end of the regular season and looked as good as dead when they fell behind 3-1 in their opening round series with the Vegas Golden Knights. San Jose did force a game seven but was trailing it 3-0 midway through the third period. But a controversial five-minute major penalty against Vegas gave the Sharks their opportunity. And they took full advantage to send the game into overtime where they pulled off a stunning 5-4 win to advance to the second round.

Once again, the Sharks went the distance and beat the Colorado Avalanche in a full seven game series to advance to the Conference Final. Both times in the playoffs the Shark Tank provided the ultimate home ice advantage.

Head to Head Matchup Stats

This season the home team won all three games between the Sharks and Blues. The last nine games between these teams have failed to clear the total. The Sharks have won three in a row at home against the Blues with all three games staying under the total.

Blues vs. Sharks Free Picks

The return of Sharks captain Joe Pavelski proved inspirational in San Jose’s game seven win over Colorado. Look for home ice to remain the difference here.

Blues vs. Sharks Pick: Bet the San Jose Sharks

Blues vs. Sharks Score Prediction: Sharks 3, Blues 1

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