Tuesday NHL odds: San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues
Two teams expected to contend for the Western Conference title face off Tuesday night in St. Louis when San Jose visits for the final time this season.
San Jose lost its third straight Sunday, 3-2 in overtime at Colorado. Matt Duchene corralled a deflection from teammate P.A. Parenteau’s desperation, long-distance shot and scored his second goal of the night as time was about to expire in overtime. Officials upheld the goal after a replay review showed Duchene got the shot past goalie Antti Niemi an instant before time would have run out in the extra period. Patrick Marleau scored San Jose’s first goal, the 400th of his career. Logan Couture tied the score 2-all at 16:35 of the third. Marleau leads the Sharks with 13 goals this season.
St. Louis lost 4-2 at Anaheim on Sunday. In a game featuring teams that came in with the NHL’s top two power-play units, the league-leading Ducks were 1 for 7. St. Louis was 1 for 3 and surrendered a short-handed goal for the fourth time this season. The Blues are 3 for 29 on the power play in their last 11 games. Blues LW Andy McDonald missed his seventh game because of an injured left knee. He sat out 51 games last season due to a concussion. Jaroslav Halak made 18 saves for the Blues, who lost two of three games in a four-day span in California. Their only win was a 4-3 overtime victory at San Jose on Monday.
This is the third and final meeting of the regular season. The road team has won each of the first two matchups. Tim Kennedy’s goal with 6:58 remaining gave the Sharks a 2-1 win in St. Louis on Feb. 19, while Vladimir Sobotka recorded a hat trick and Patrik Berglund netted the shootout winner as the Blues prevailed 4-3 in San Jose on March 9. The Sharks have dropped four of five on the road since a 2-1 victory at St. Louis on Feb. 19, and they’ve scored two goals or fewer in regulation in 10 straight away from home. St. Louis is allowing a league-low 23.3 shots per game this season, but it’s last in the league with an .869 save percentage after leading the NHL at .929 in 2011-12.
WagerWeb.com trends: Under is 3-0-1 in Sharks last 4 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. Under is 5-0-3 in Sharks last 8 road games. Under is 3-0-1 in Sharks last 4 Tuesday games. Blues are 3-10 in their last 13 vs. Pacific. Blues are 0-4 in their last 4 Tuesday games. Under is 7-2-1 in the last 10 meetings. Under is 16-6-4 in the last 26 meetings in St. Louis. Road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. Sharks are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings.