Sharks vs. Blues NHL Conference Finals Game 6 Betting Preview
The St. Louis Blues are 1.5-point home faves over the San Jose Sharks, according to legal betting sites. The Blues pulled ahead 3-2 in the Western Conference Finals following a 5-0 shutout at the SAP Center on Sunday. The best online sportsbooks line favored St. Louis (-140) and the Blues lived up to their status as road chalk. It’s not just Game 6 for San Jose, but also Jaws: The Revenge. As in these Sharks are not expected to make a comeback. And one Shark in particular, Erik Karlsson, is not expected to make an appearance on Tuesday. Karlsson played just a little over 10 minutes on Sunday. He may have been just a tad too eager to play through pain.
“Hindsight’s 20-20, you know? We make those decisions based on reports we get form the player and medical, and the report was he felt he could play and get through the game,” head coach Peter DeBoer said of playing Karlsson. “So, you know, it’s easy to sit here and say now, ‘Yeah, sure you have regrets.’” I’m pretty sure that’s very easy for you to say; not so much for Erik, though.
San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues NHL Conference Finals Game 6
- Date: Tuesday May 21, 2019
- Time: 8:00 PM (EDT)
- Venue: Enterprise Center St. Louis, Missouri
- Odds from MyBookie.ag:
|Sharks||+1½ (-210)||5½ (+105)||+140|
|Blues||-1½ (+175)||5½ (-125)||-160|
Betting San Jose
Karlsson is not the only banged-up Shark. Forwards Tomas Hertl and Joonas Donskoi, and captain Joe Pavelski all had the injury blues. “You don’t want to make excuses, but some pretty key guys that are going down, some offensive guys that when you’re playing from behind like that, it’s tough to push the pace,” defenseman Brenden Dillon said. “We had a couple chances on the power play to kind of get some traction and some looks, but I think at the end of the day we need to kind of ramp up our level instead of go the other way.” Per legal betting sites, the Sharks are 3-7 in their last 10 on the road. 2-5 in their last 7 playoff games as dogs. And 2-5 in their last 7 games as underdogs. The under is 3-1-1 in San Jose’s last five road games.
Betting St. Louis
Ironically, it’s the Blues, and not the Sharks, that are smelling blood on the ice. On Sunday, Jaden Schwartz had his third hat-trick in the last two months. Thus becoming the first Blues with two hat-tricks in the same playoffs. St. Louis has not returned to the Stanley Cup Finals since 1970, and have yet to win one. “We’ve been playing for this one forever,” Vladimir Tarasenko said. “I think every player dreams of playing in Stanley Cup final. But we’re not there yet.” The Blues are The Blues are 18-7 in their last 25 games at home. 17-7 in their last 24 games as home chalk. And 30-12 in their last 42 games playing on one days’ rest. The under is 5-2-1 in St. Louis’ last eight home games.
Pick: The Sharks are like Achilles and the Blues like the tortoise. Meaning that no matter how much San Jose advances, St. Louis will have advanced a little further. No matter how much ground the Sharks cover, they will never be able to catch up to St. Louis. To wit, the Blues have outscored San Jose 7-1 since Game 3. And in in Game 5 alone, St. Louis outshot San Jose 15-1 in the second period. Moreover, St. Louis’ forecheck led to their first goal in Game 4. All things considered, legal betting sites should start calculating the Blues’ Stanley Cup Finals odds.