St. Louis Blues vs San Jose Sharks

The San Jose Sharks utilized their home-ice advantage at the SAP Center at San Jose, defeating the St. Louis Blues in game one of the Western conference finals with a score of 6-3. Game two takes place Monday night and the Sharks look to take a 2-0 series lead against a St. Louis team that has surged since January all the way into the third round of the playoffs. Game time is set for 9PM EST and hockey fans can watch the game live on CBC, Sportsnet, TVAS, and NBC Sports. Radio broadcast can be heard live on WFAN.

How to Watch

Where: SAP Center at San Jose - San Jose, CA.

When: Monday, May 13, 9PM EST

How (TV/Radio): NBCSN, Sportsnet, Sportsnet, TVAS | WFAN

St. Louis Blues (Away)

Head Coach: Craig Berube {All-Time 113-77-34 STL, PHI}

The Blues just couldn’t get it done in game one. Plain and simple. Poor goaltending added up and they just couldn’t hang on to the puck long enough to put anything together. It wasn’t all bad - the Blues still outhit their opponents 41-36 and outshot them 31-25. But the usually very disciplined team also took more penalties than their used to. That said, history should dictate a big bounce-back performance.

A big issue that needs to be addressed heading into game two were the teams giveaways. St. Louis had had a lot of faceoff success in the playoffs and have been a team with a strong puck possession game. However, game one of this series saw the St. Louis Blues tally 12 giveaways to the Sharks. Core defenseman Carl Gunnarsson is also listed as day-to-day for game two.

The six goals allowed by goaltender Jordan Binnington marked the most goals he’s allowed in a playoff game since round one. Binnington hopes to bounce back from his game one performance when he starts game two for the St. Louis Blues. Binnington made only 19 saves on 24 shots - giving him a rather abysmal .792 save percentage for the first game of the series. His totals across 14 playoff games, his goals against average sits at 2.57 and he has a .908.

San Jose Sharks (Home)

Head Coach: Peter DeBoer {All-Time 400-313-109 SJ, NJD, FLA}

The floodgates opened for the San Jose Sharks in game one as they tallied six goals against a very impressive St. Louis team. Logan Couture and Timo Meier both had two goals and an assist apiece and the San Jose Sharks are now 7-2 at home in the postseason. Captain Joe Pavelski also scored in game one, making it seem that there are no lingering effects of a head injury that saw him miss six of seven round two games against Colorado.

There were no moments in this game where the Sharks played from behind. Multiple players had multiple points and their power play also delivered. San Jose also had the advantage in the playoff circle, winning 57.5 percent of the draws.

Goaltender Martin Jones had one of his better games of these playoffs when his team faced the Blues in game one. Jones made 28 saves on 31 shots, giving him a save percentage of .903. Over 15 games (the most of any goalie in these playoffs) Jones has a goals against average of 2.74 and a save percentage of .909.

Series recap (San Jose leads 1-0) Game one: 6-3 San Jose

Playoff Performers

St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz leads his team in playoff scoring and is ninth overall in the playoff scoring race. Through 14 game splayed, Schwartz has found the back of the net eight times and has added four helpers. He is a plus-5 with one power play goal and two game winners. He also has a 66.7 faceoff win percentage.

The San Jose Sharks’ offense (and defense) are on fire. Five of the top-10 players leading the scoring for the playoffs play for the Sharks. Logan Couture leads all players with 17 points - five of the on the power play and one game-winning goal. Right behind him is Brent Burns who has 15 points. Tomas Hertl has 14 points - six of those on the power play.Timo Meier and Erik Karlsson both have 13 points. Merier is a plus-7 while Karlsson has five power play points.

Questions to answer

Can St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington bounce back from his out-of-character sub-par performance?

Have the Sharks found their groove? Are more multi-point games in the cards for their roster (four players had multiple points in game one)?

Will Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson be cleared to play game two for St. Louis or will the team have to make adjustments to their blue line?

St. Louis Blues Injury Report

D Carl Gunnarsson - day-to-day (lower-body)

F Erik Foley - IR (concussion)

San Jose Sharks Injury Report

D Radim Simek - day-to-day (right ACL, MCL)

St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks Predictions and Odds

Check out our video on How To Bet on the NHL and our terminology betting guide if you want the best chances of winning! If you are in New Jersey and are ready to bet on the NHL, you can do so at 888Sport and BetStars NJ. Here are the latest odds for Sharks vs Blues. Good luck!

Moneyline

Sportsbook STL Blues SJ Sharks Link
888Sport NJ +112 -136
BetStars NJ +115 -133

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Total Goals

Sportsbook Over 5.5 Under 5.5 Link
888Sport NJ -109 -110
BetStars NJ -110 -110

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Puck Line

Sportsbook STL Blues +1.5 SJ Sharks -1.5 Link
888Sport NJ -235 +195
BetStars NJ -250 +195

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