San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Friday November 9th, 8:00 pm ET
The St. Louis Blues host the San Jose Sharks in a crucial Friday night showdown.
The St. Louis Blues haven’t exactly been lighting it up on home ice. They have already lost five games this season at the Scottrade Center, including an embarrassing 5-1 beating they took from the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night. With just 11 points from their first 12 games of the season, they find themselves at the very bottom of the Central Division and are already in danger of having their playoff hopes vanished before the campaign ever really got off the ground.
Only one team in their division has conceded more goals and their defensive record probably won’t be improving any time soon. Neither Jake Allen nor Chad Johnson in net has looked entirely convincing and with San Jose coming to town on Friday, the Blues could be in for more punishment.
San Jose are a legitimate Stanley Cup contender – even if they haven’t had the greatest start to the season. While they haven’t been terrible, they would like to have had more than 17 points from their opening 14 games of the year. With that said, they have looked impressive on the road thus far, losing just two of their first eight games away from home in regulation time.
Martin Jones has started 10 of San Jose’s first 14 games, winning six times and posting a respectable .900 SV%. However, with the Sharks in action on Thursday night against the Dallas Stars, we could see backup Aaron Dell get the start in this one. He has already started in four games this season and has a .913 SV% to show for it.
- San Jose Sharks to win in regulation
It will not be an easy contest by any means for a Sharks team who will be playing their third game in four nights, but St. Louis has not been a very good hockey team thus far and it could turn out to be a long night for the home side.
- Under 6 goals
While the Blues do not have a great defensive record, San Jose hasn’t necessarily been firing on all cylinders either. The visitors should get the job done, but it could be much closer and low scoring than most are anticipating.
Head to Head
San Jose didn’t lose a single game in regulation time last year against the Blues and took two of the three games they played against St. Louis – including one at the Scottrade Center.
- San Jose had six players reach 10 or more points after their first 14 games of the season.
- Logan Couture assisted on Timo Meier’s overtime goal on Saturday night to extend his point streak to a career-high nine games with five goals and nine assists during that period.
- In Sharks history, only Patrick Marleau has needed less team games to reach the 10 goal mark than the 14 Timo Meier required this season.