St. Louis Blues (+115) at San Jose Sharks (-135), 9 p.m. ET, NBC
The Saint Louis Blues take on the San Jose Sharks in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final on Monday night. Check out BetAmerica’s analysis of the matchup, along with a free pick below!
NHL Free Pick: St. Louis Blues +115
San Jose dominated the St. Louis Blues in the first game of the Western Conference Final with a 6-3 win. The Sharks will look to use home ice to their advantage once again on Monday night.
The trends point to San Jose winning Game 2 as well. The Sharks are 6-1 in their last 7 games as a favorite and 6-1 in their last 7 at home. The Sharks are also 5-1 in their last 6 conference final games.
Although the trends point to the Sharks winning, St. Louis has a chance. The Blues defense played horrible in Game 1, giving up six goals. Saint Louis allows just 2.7 goals per game on average. If the Blues can get back to their typical play, Monday night’s matchup should be a much tighter game.
The Blues show a few positive trends. They’re 7-2 in their last 9 games as an underdog, while they’re 27-11 in their last 38 games played on one day of rest. They’re also 6-2 in their last 8 games as a road underdog. Even though the home team is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings, St. Louis deserves backing. The Blues are a good enough team to even the series on Monday night.
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