If it is the Western Conference champion We’ll have a winner of the Stanley Cup. While both East finalists, the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes, have won a Cup, neither the St. Louis Blues nor San Jose Sharks have. They play with Game 1 of the West Finals in northern California on Saturday night. The Sharks are series and game favourites at Sports Interaction.
Blues vs. Sharks Western Conference Finals Betting Analysis The Blues are the team as they entered the NHL in 1967-68 as an expansion franchise to never win a Cup. They actually reached the Stanley Cup Finals each of their first three seasons but lost every time and have not won a conference title as. St. Louis last reached the conference finals in 2016, losing in six games to San Jose. That is the last time the Sharks attained the West Finals and only time that they won it. San Jose would shed into Pittsburgh in six in the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Sharks were 2-1 vs. the Blues throughout the regular season, winning both in San Jose. About the Sports Interaction series line, San Jose is -146 and St. Louis +118. The Sharks are +200 to win the Cup and Blues +330 — both supporting the Bruins (+187)
St. Louis Blues
The Blues were down 3-2 to the Stars from the semifinal round but won Game 6 in Dallas by a 4-1 count and subsequently took Game 7 at home on Tuesday, 2-1 in double overtime. Patrick Maroon’s next aim of the playoffs at 5:50 of double OT was the winner at a fabulous game; Maroon is a St. Louis native, which is not exactly a hotbed for potential NHL players. Ahead of Maroon, the only other player to score an overtime goal in a Game 7 or near his hometown was Yvon Lambert in 1979 for Montreal from Boston.
Blueliner Alex Pietrangelo and winger Jaden Schwartz direct the Blues with 11 points each in those playoffs. Rookie netminder Jordan Binnington — the Calder Trophy finalist carrying over as the No. 1 goaltender early in January turned into the Blues’ season around — includes a 2.39 GAA and .915 save percent this postseason.
San Jose Sharks
San Jose won a Game 7 at home in the first round against Vegas in Round 1, and did so again on Wednesday night in the semifinals over Colorado, 3-2. That victory enhanced Sharks head coach Pete DeBoer to 4-0 in his profession in Game 7s and goaltender Martin Jones into 3-0. Jones was not good the first four games of this show but terrific the final three.
The takeaway from Wednesday’s win for San Jose has been captain Joe Pavelski’s return. He hadn’t played since Game 7 Vegas because of a head injury but had a goal and help the Avs. It had been Pavelski’s 47th career Game 7 goal, which is all-time among American-born players. Brent Burns had two assists along with his 14 points are tied for first one of the players this postseason and shirts among blueliners.