NHL Playoff Preview: St. Louis at San Jose, Game 4

Posted by Aaron . on May 21, 2016 in

On Saturday night, the San Jose Sharks showed a pair of teams who finished well above them in the Western Conference standings, the Dallas Stars and the Chicago Blackhawks, that you can rely on a speedy offense against the St. Louis Blues. All you have to do is make sure you stick with your assignments on defense and get clutch stops from your goalie. If those happen, then you can shut out the Blues offense, which the Sharks have now done in two straight games. In Game 3, then won 3-0 to take a 2-1 series lead, and Game 4 looms on Saturday night. Find the latest NHL online sports betting odds here

NHL Playoff Preview: St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks, Game 4

When: Saturday, May 21, 2016, 7:15 PM Eastern time
Where: SAP Center, San Jose
TV: NBCSports
Radio: Classic Rock KFOX 98.5 FM San Jose
Live Stream: NHL-Stream.com
NHL Odds: TBA

 

 

Why should you bet on St. Louis?

The Blues have now gone 150:45 without scoring in this series. Hopefully, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock will rethink his boneheaded statement after Game 3, when he refused to name Brian Elliott as his starter in Game 4. True, he got chased in Game 3, but he was hung out to dry by a defense that was panicking at the Sharks’ speed and missing assignments. He is the only reason the Blues got by Dallas in the second round, and if the Blues ride him, they will get more solid performances.

Why should you put your money on the Sharks?

The Sharks are using their speed to force the Blues into bad passes and turnovers. That happened a lot against Dallas, but the Stars saw Elliott turn aside a lot of their golden scoring chances. In net, Martin Jones gains more confidence with every outing. He has now posted two straight shutouts, and three in his last four games in net. He is the first Sharks goalie ever to post consecutive playoff shutouts. If the Sharks can quench the Blues’ will after ten minutes, as they did in Game 3, they will go back to St. Louis with a commanding lead.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

It sounds like the Blues are panicking a little bit. I like the Sharks to press the advantage and emerge with a 4-3 win.