St. Louis Blues vs San Jose Sharks Game 2 (SJ Leads 1-0)
Money Line: St. Louis+115/San Jose-135
Puck Line: St. Louis-240/San Jose+199
San Jose took Game 1 in this series in convincing fashion, winning 6-3. The Sharks took it to the Blues and goalie Jordan Binnington early and never let up. It only took 25 shots for the Sharks to get their six goals. The Blues outshot the Sharks with 31 shots of their own, but their major struggles in the offensive zone were too much to overcome.
Timo Meier showed he is a force to be reckoned with his two goals and one assist. The 22-year-old Meier is on a team full of veterans and is showing that the young guy can’t be overlooked on this team of proven stars. Meier has five goals and eight assists so far in these playoffs.
Although Blues goalie Binnington gave up five goals on just 24 shots (.792 save percentage), it wasn’t entirely his fault. Binnington’s defense left him vulnerable all night. The Sharks capitalized on a number of the opportunities the Blues gave them.
Game 1 was a lot more high scoring than expected and Game 2 should be a more physical defensive game. Look for the Blues to make plenty of adjustments after Game 1 and have better puck control in Game 2. The Sharks will have to earn a victory in this one as the Blues will be a more sound team and less likely to give away another win. Binnington will have a good game in goal, so long as his team doesn’t put him in as many vulnerable spots as they did in the first game. Game 1 was a physical game early and look for Game 2 to be just as physical throughout. The Blues should pick up a hard-fought win in this one and head to St. Louis with the series tied and home-ice in their advantage.
St. Louis 3 – San Jose 2
St. Louis is 5-2 SU in their last 7 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis’ last 7 games against an opponent in the Pacific division.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of St. Louis’ last 8 games played on a Monday.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of San Jose’s last 7 games against St. Louis.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of San Jose’s last 9 games played in May.