St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks 12/20/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 12/19/2014
Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 10:30 PM ET
SAP Center at San Jose in San Jose
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The St. Louis Blues will be going on the road on Saturday night to take on the San Jose Sharks in game between two of the top power plays in the Western Conference. The Sharks were able to win all three of their games against the Blues during the 2013-14 season.
On Thursday, the Blues allowed the Los Angeles Kings to score three goals in the third period against them to beat them 6-4. They allowed the Kings to score on three of their six power plays and ended up being outshot 37-28 on the night.
Through their first 32 games this year, the Blues are in the top five in the league with a 25.4 power play percentage. Their best offensive player has been right wing Vladimir Tarasenko, who has 20 goals and 17 assists so far this year. Netminder Jake Allen is 11-3-1 with two shutouts, a 2.47 GAA and a .908 save percentage.
In their game against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night, the Sharks picked up their fourth straight win by coming away with a 4-3 home victory. Rookie left wing Barclay Goodrow had his best game as a pro in that one by scoring a goal and providing an assist on another.
The Sharks currently have one of the best power plays in the league by scoring on 24.2 percent of their chances with the extra man. Goalie Antti Niemi is now 13-7-3 with two shutouts and a .918 save percentage.
St. Louis Blues Betting Trends
St. Louis Blues are 21-11-0 Against the Spread
St. Louis Blues are 14-7-0 against the Over/Under
San Jose Sharks Betting Trends
San Jose Sharks are 18-15-0 Against the Spread
San Jose Sharks are 13-17-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
St. Louis Blues
12/17/14 LW Jaden Schwartz Foot expected to miss 1-2 weeks
12/10/14 D Carl Gunnarsson Hip out indefinitely
11/25/14 GO Brian Elliott Knee out indefinitely
San Jose Sharks
12/10/14 LW Matthew Nieto Ankle out indefinitely
12/10/14 RW Mike Brown Lower Body out indefinitely
12/09/14 C Tyler Kennedy Shoulder out indefinitely
11/28/14 GO Troy Grosenick Upper Body out indefinitely
10/06/14 LW Raffi Torres Knee out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take St. Louis
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