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St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks Game 1 - Sharks tipped to take 1-0 series lead on home ice

The home team has won the last five games between these teams
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San Jose Sharks fans can play a big role in the 2019 NHL Western Conference Finals against the St. Louis Blues (credit: Getty images )


St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks Game 1 Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


In the opening game of the NHL Western Conference Finals I am tipping the Sharks at -130 on home ice to take Game 1. San Jose has won five of their last six home games including their last two.  

St. Louis Blues Form & Team News 


The Blues were at home in their last game where they beat the Dallas Stars 2-1 in double overtime in Game 7. They won the last two games of the series where they only allowed one goal in each game. 

The Blues are 5-1 on the road in the NHL playoffs and can head coach Craig Berube get his team to continue their solid road play? I think it is unlikely, as the Blues lost both games on the road against the Sharks this season. 

Jordan Binnington has started very playoff game between the pipes for the Blues and has a GAA of 2.39. He had a solid rookie season, but should struggle in this game in his first career start against the Sharks, who ranked tied for 2nd this season in goals per game. 


San Jose Sharks Form & Team News


The Sharks advanced to the NHL Western Conference Finals beating the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 at home in Game 7. They have only given up three goals in their last two home games. 

Martin Jones had a terrible .838 save percentage in the first four games of the playoffs where he was pulled twice. He has turned things around with a save percentage of .928 in his last 10 starts and should have a good start in Game 1. 

While San Jose is led by their offense can head coach Peter DeBoer get his team to continue to play solid defense? I think that can be the case, as in the two home wins over the Blues this season San Jose only gave up two goals. 

The Sharks are 5-1 in their last six home games as a favorite. I am backing San Jose to stay hot on home ice at -130 and win Game 1. 

There is value in the puck-line with the Sharks giving 1.5 goals (3.10), as they beat the Blues 4-0 in their last home game against them. 

San Jose SAP Cenyer
The San Jose Sharks are back at SAP Center where they are 5-1 in their last six games


St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks Head to Head


The Sharks have won their last three home games against the Blues including winning two on home ice facing them this season. The home team is 5-0 in the last five games between these NHL rivals.  

Dating back to last season the Sharks are 4-2 against the Blues. 

St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks Match Up


The Blues will look to keep up their solid defensive form in the opening game of this series in San Jose. Their offense has been decent in the playoffs, but they only scored two goals in the two road losses to the Sharks this season.  

The Sharks will follow their blueprint of playing balanced hockey on home ice where they have won five of their last six games. 

St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks Key Statistics


  • St. Louis Blues are 1-4 in their last 5 Conference Finals games.
  • St. Louis Blues are 7-15 in their last 22 playoff games as an underdog of +110 to +150.
  • San Jose Sharks are 5-1 in their last 6 home games.
  • San Jose Sharks are 3-0 in their last three home games against the Blues. 
  • San Jose Sharks are 5-0 in their last 5 playoff games as a favorite of -110 to -150. 
Verdict

The Sharks should continue to play well on home ice where they beat the Blues twice this season. I think they will take Game 1 at -130.  

Best Bet: San Jose Sharks -130 @ (1.76) at bet365 - 4 Units
Value Bet: San Jose Sharks -1.5 goals +210 @ (3.10) at bet365 - 3 Units

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