San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues Betting Preview: A pair of West Division foes will square off for the first of two games on Monday. The St. Louis Blues will start their 2021 home campaign as they take on the San Jose Sharks. After a win in their opener on Wednesday, the Blues were smacked 8-0 on Friday against Colorado. For the Sharks, they also saw similar results. San Jose won at Arizona in the opener, and then fell 5-3 on Saturday to fall to 1-1 on the season. The Blues are small favorites in this game over the Sharks at home. St. Louis is listed at -185.
San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues Betting Preview: Sharks Coming to St. Louis at .500
The San Jose Sharks do not have great expectations from inside the league for the 2021 season. But, inside – head coach Bob Boughner thinks this team could be a great surprise. The Sharks finished 49 year old wants to bring the postseason back to San Jose. The Sharks did not reach the playoff bubble a season ago, winning just 29 out of 70 games. It was the first time in five seasons in which they failed to reach the postseason.
The Sharks are scoring 3 goals per game through the first two games. The goal scorers for San Jose have been Tomas Hertl, Evander Kane, Timo Meier and Ryan Dinato. Hertl leads the team with 4 points on the season, wth 3 goals and an assist on the season.
Martin Jones has started both games thus far for the Sharks in between the pipes. Jones was removed early in the third period, and replaced by Devan Dubnyk. Jones has allowed 8 goals through the first two games this season.
San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues Betting Preview: Blues Looking to Bounce Back
The St. Louis Blues are looking for a major bounce back. The Blues may have played their first goal in franchise history getting beat 8-0 in Denver. Like the Sharks, the Blues made a goaltending change in the game. Jordan Binnington was replaced by Ville Husso. Things did not go real well for Husso, allowing 4 goals in the third period.
Binnington will likely get the start. In 5 periods played, Binngton has allowed 5 goals, but 4 of those came in the second period on Friday. The Blues have scored just 4 goals in 2 games this season, with Oscar Sundqvist scoring 2 of them. Kyle Clifford and Jordan Kyrou are the other two Blues players to light the lamp. St. Louis will be without Sammy Blais for this game, as he was suspended for a hit in Game 1. Robert Bortuzzo was injured in the loss on Friday and likely will not play Monday.
Craig Berube is widely known as one of the top head coaches in all of the National Hockey League. He will face the task of getting his Blues back on track for this game. The Blues are still a little sour after falling in the first round of the bubble playoffs in 2020. Of course, St. Louis won 16 games in the 2019 postseason to win the Stanley Cup.
San Jose Sharks at St. Louis Blues Betting Preview: Blues Rock at Home
Look for the St. Louis Blues to come back and ready to rock and roll at home. Captain Ryan O’Reilly is ready to get his team back and playing better hockey. The Blues are more talented than the Sharks, and St. Louis should win the first game of this two game series. In fact, the Blues play four home games this week, as the Kings come to town for games on Saturday and Sunday as well. Take the Blues at home to beat the Sharks on Monday night. Blues -185.