Following the San Jose Sharks 4-3 overtime win in game three of the Western Conference Final at St. Louis, many Blues fans believed the curse that has plagued the franchise since 1970 was in full effect. The Sharks game winning goal was in part due to an illegal hand pass that all four on ice officials failed to catch. Adding insult to injury was that the call was not reviewable for instant replay. At that moment the Blues faced a choice. They could whine and cry about the blown call or they could suck it up and move on. St. Louis coach Craig Berube made the decision for them. He commanded all to move on. And now the Blues are just one win away from their first Stanley Cup Final appearance since 1970.
San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues Game 6
Date and Time: Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 8 p.m. ET
Location: Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri
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Certainly, the hype about the Blues making the Stanley Cup Final is going to feed into the live betting for this game six. As is the fact that home ice advantage always plays to gamblers, especially in a potential series clinching game like this one. But bargain hunters and sharps will take a long look at a capable San Jose team that could get enhanced live betting value as the road dog facing elimination. Overall live betting has the potential to be quite fluid for this one.
St. Louis leads this best of seven series 3-2 after a 5-0 win on Sunday at San Jose in game five. Jaden Schwartz scored the hat trick for the Blues while Jordan Binnington turned away 21 shots for the first playoff shutout of his career. If a game seven is necessary it will be Thursday at San Jose.
Jordan Binnington is the rookie St. Louis goaltender that literally saved their season. Binnington took over the starting job when St. Louis had the worst record in the entire NHL and sparked the Blues to a remarkable run that has them on the cusp of the Stanley Cup Final. Binnington has a playoff save percentage of .912 with a 2.44 goals against average.
San Jose netminder Martin Jones has been plagued by inconsistency throughout the playoffs but has been at his best when the pressure was greatest. Jones backstopped the Sharks to three straight wins after they fell behind the Vegas Golden Knights three games to one in the opening round. Jones has a playoff save percentage of .902 with a 2.96 goals against average.
Logan Couture leads the Sharks with 14 goals and six assists and a plus five. But Couture has been shutout in his last two games. Of great concern is the status of Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson, who posted only 10:32 time on ice in game five. This has served to put added pressure on Brent Burns, San Jose’s other top flight blue liner.
Jaden Schwartz scored only 11 goals in 69 regular season games but has 12 goals in 18 playoff games for the Blues to go with a plus six. Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo has two goals with 10 assists and Vladimir Tarasenko has seven goals with five assists.
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This is the biggest hockey game to take place since 1970 when the Blues last made the Stanley Cup Final. Ticket prices are through the roof. There is a sense of history and destiny for this one. Look for the Blues to go Marching Into the Final!
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