The San Jose Sharks are on the brink of elimination while the St. Louis Blues are on the verge of their first Stanley Cup final appearance since 1970.
If the Blues can win on home-ice tonight in Game 6, they will move on to meet the Boston Bruins in the Cup final. Game 6 between the Sharks and Blues goes at 8:00 pm ET this evening
Opening Odds for Game 6
After a dominant 5-0 win in San Jose in Game 5, the Blues opened around -150 on the moneyline with the Sharks at +130. It was the most lopsided opening line in this series to-date, and it has only moved in the Blues’ favor.
As of Tuesday morning, they were as short as -180 at some online sportsbooks.
Sharks vs Blues Statistical Comparison
|46-27-9 (24-15-2 away)||Reg. Season Record||45-28-9 (24-15-2 home)|
|10-9 (3-5 away)||Playoff Record||11-7 (5-5 home)|
|3.5 (T 2nd)||Goals Per Game (Reg. Season)||3.0 (15th)|
|3.00 (T3rd)||Goals Per Game (Playoffs)||2.90 (5th)|
|3.00 (22nd)||Goals Against Per Game (Reg. Season)||2.60 (T5th)|
|3.11 (14th)||Goals Against Per Game (Playoffs)||2.50 (5th)|
|54.10 (3rd)||Fenwick % (Reg. Season)||52.10 (7th)|
|49.91 (9th)||Fenwick % (Playoffs)||51.80 (5th)|
|88.9 (31st)||Save % (Reg. Season)||90.62 (16th)|
|89.61 (14th)||Save % (Playoffs)||90.84 (10th)|
|53.31 (7th)||High-Danger Chances % (Reg. Season)||54.34 (5th)|
|47.51 (13th)||High-Danger Chances % (Playoffs)||47.79 (12th)|
Series Takeaways and Analysis
The Blues have been a markedly better team over the last two games. They took a 2-0 first-period lead in Game 4 and then held on for a 2-1 win. While the Sharks wound up with a 30-22 advantage in shots on goal, they were clearly the second-best team early on and wound up chasing the game for the last 40 minutes.
10 shots on net for the Blues in the first, all from the slot. They needed less than a minute to score and added a late goal to take a 2-0 lead heading into the 2nd. #SJSharks #STLBlues #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/GkejShW2Q6
— The Point (@ThePointHockey) May 18, 2019
St. Louis finished with more slot-shots and more rush scoring chances for the full 60 minutes.
Game 5 was even more convincing for the Blues. They once again jumped all over the Sharks in the opening stanza, leading 1-0 after the first and 3-0 after two. They generated a ludicrous 14 slot-shots after just 40 minutes.
Second period was all St. Louis. They out-shot the Sharks 20-6 after getting just four in the first and won the slot shot battle 13-2 to take a three-goal lead heading into the third period. #STLBlues #SJSharks #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/J9Wz9fmXsT
— The Point (@ThePointHockey) May 19, 2019
Rookie St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington has turned his series around in Games 4 and 5, stopping 50 of 51 shots. He had given up 13 goals in the first three games of the series, combined.
Note that the Sharks are 4-0 in elimination games this postseason. They won three straight in the first round against Vegas to dig out of a 3-1 series hole.
They then won Game 7 against Colorado in round two on home-ice (3-2). In the four games, combined, they have outscored their opponents 15-9.