The ST LOUIS and the SAN JOSE will both be gunning for a victory on 5/13/2019 at 9:00 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
ST LOUIS vs SAN JOSE
When: 5/13/2019 9:00 PM
Where: SAP Center at San Jose
|7||ST LOUIS|| 1.5(-244)
TV: 9 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, CBC, Sportsnet, TVA
PREDICTION: Blues 3, Sharks 2
Oddsmakers currently have the ST LOUIS listed as + 115 moneyline favorites versus the SAN JOSE, while the game’s total is sitting at 5.5.
Logan Couture routinely shines under the bright lights of the postseason, but the 30-year-old wasn’t alone as the San Jose Sharks won the series opener of their Western Conference final against the St. Louis Blues. Couture and linemates Timo Meier and Gustav Nyquist aim to ride the momentum of their eight-point performance into Game 2 of the series in San Jose on Monday night.
“(Meier) was a bull. When he skates and (with) his strength, he’s tough to defend. We’re fortunate enough to play with him on our line,” said Couture, who joined Meier with two goals and an assist in Saturday’s 6-3 win over St. Louis. Couture leads the NHL in goals (11) and points (17) in the playoffs, three tallies behind captain Joe Pavelski’s franchise record set in 2016 while his point total is a fair distance behind the 30 he recorded in that playoff year. The Sharks improved to 7-2 at home during this postseason after taking advantage of 12 giveaways to hand the Blues their second loss in the last seven road contests. “It wasn’t our best game. We didn’t take care of the puck well enough,” said Ryan O’Reilly, who snapped an eight-game goal drought by scoring in the second period of the opener.
ABOUT THE BLUES: Jordan Binnington is a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy on the strength of a sterling 24-5-1 run in the regular season, and the 25-year-old was not to blame in the eyes of his teammates despite surrendering five goals on 24 shots in the series opener. “He was great,” fellow rookie Robert Thomas told reporters. “He made a bunch of great saves. We hung him out to dry.” Jaden Schwartz set up defenseman Joel Edmundson’s first-period goal to boost his point total to 12 in the playoffs after mustering just 36 in the regular season.
ABOUT THE SHARKS: Couture’s 45 playoff goals trail only Washington captain Alex Ovechkin (50) for the most since 2010, while his double-digit goal totals in multiple postseasons made him the sixth active player with that distinction (Ovechkin, Jake Guentzel, Evgeni Malkin, Patrick Kane, Nikita Kucherov). Couture resides two playoff points shy of 100, while Pavelski is one short of triple digits. Brent Burns (15) and Erik Karlsson (13) have combined for 28 points through the first 15 playoff games, the most for a defensive tandem since fellow former Norris Trophy recipients Paul Coffey (17) and Nicklas Lidstrom (15) accomplished the feat with Detroit in 1995.
1. St. Louis RW Vladimir Tarasenko’s minus-3 rating in the series opener dropped him to minus-8, tied with Tampa Bay C Steven Stamkos for the worst in the playoffs.
2. San Jose is one home win shy of matching its franchise record for most in a postseason (2016).
3. Blues F Brayden Schenn has been held off the scoresheet in seven straight games and 11 of 14 in the playoffs.
PREDICTION: Blues 3, Sharks 2