The Western Conference final resumes Monday night with the St. Louis Blues taking on the host San Jose Sharks in Game 2. The San Jose Sharks enter this game up 1-0 after winning Game 1 of the series on Saturday by a score of 6-3 and have won three of their last five. The St. Louis Blues saw their two-game winning streak come to an end with a loss in Game 1 of the series. The San Jose Sharks are listed as -135 money line favorites of the St. Louis Blues in Game 2 of the series. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams:
Blues Need To Bounce Back
The Blues have dropped three of their last five games and find themselves down 0-1 in the series against the Sharks. Jaden Schwartz leads the team in points and goals with 12 points and eight goals. Alex Pietrangelo leads the team in assists with nine.
Jordan Binnington is 8-6 with a .908 save percentage and is allowing 2.58 goals per game in the playoffs. St. Louis is averaging 2.96 goals per game, which ranks 17th in the NHL. They are averaging 31.78 shots per game, which ranks 15th in the NHL.
The Blues are averaging 0.59 power play goals per game, which is tied for 11th in the NHL. They are averaging 2.92 power play chances per game, which is tied for 16th in the NHL. The Blues are allowing 2.73 goals per game, which ranks 7th in the NHL.
Sharks Look To Keep Rolling
The San Jose Sharks have won three of their last five, including two wins in a row, and are coming off a Game 1 win at home to go up 1-0 in the series. Logan Couture leads the team in points and goals with 17 points and 11 goals. Erik Karlsson leads the team in assists with 13.
Martin Jones is 9-5 with a .909 save % and is allowing 2.74 goals per game in the playoffs. San Jose is averaging 3.48 goals per game, which ranks second in the NHL. They are averaging 32.75 shots per game, which ranks 10th in the NHL. They are averaging 0.70 power play goals per game, which ranks 6th in the NHL.
They are averaging 3.06 power play chances per game, which is tied for 8th in the NHL. The Sharks are allowing 3.16 goals per game, which ranks 21st in the NHL.
San Jose Goes Up 2-0
This has been a close matchup in the past 10 games with both teams going 5-5, and the Blues outscoring the Sharks by an average of 2.50 to 2.30 in those games. But that can’t be said about the last three games in the series. The Sharks are 3-0 in their last three meetings with the Blues while outscoring St. Louis by an average of 4.33 to 1.67 in those contests.
The Blues are also 1-4 in their last five road games against the Sharks. I look for those trends to continue with a Sharks win at home over the Blues in Game 2 of the series to take the 2-0 series lead before going on the road.
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