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Tips For Betting On Sharks Blues – Sharks, Blues Look To Build Some Momentum In Tuesday Meeting

Posted by Don Melrose on 3/10/2013 7:09:52 PM

The San Jose Sharks have leveled off following a fast start to their online betting season. It hasn’t been any better of late for the St. Louis Blues. The sixth-place Sharks will visit the eighth-place Blues in a battle of two teams looking to gain some momentum in the Western Conference playoff race this Tuesday. Just two points separated fifth from 10th in the conference heading in to this past weekend, and neither team has been able to put together an extended run after cooling off following a fast start.

San Jose Sharks @ St. Louis Blues
Tuesday March 12, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri
NHL Sportsbook Line: St. Louis – 130

Ironically, both teams have struggled in areas that were expected to be team strengths early on in the year. A Sharks’ team that had no problem putting up big numbers to open the year has slowed to a crawl offensively and ranks 29th in the NHL with just 52 goals scored, while the Blues have already given up 70 goals and rank 24th in that department.

NHL Betting Preview: San Jose Sharks

San Jose has held its own thanks to one of the best goals against average in the NHL, ranking third in that department thanks to excellent defensive play and a solid start from netminder Antti Niemi. Niemi is 10-4-0 with a 1.83 goals against average, however, the Sharks have struggled offensively following a hot start, with Patrick Marleau’s numbers a big reason for it. Marleau opened the year with nine goals in his first five games, but has scored just three in the 17 games since, and San Jose hasn’t gotten the secondary production it expected from players like Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture.

NHL Betting Preview: St. Louis Blues

The Blues meanwhile rank ninth in the NHL in scoring after struggling in that department a year ago, with three balanced lines that can contribute at both ends of the ice. Patrick Berglund has scored a team-leading 11 goals already, while David Perron has paced the team in points with 20. The problem for St. Louis has been the inconsistency in front of Jaroslav Halak, whose 2.31 goals against average is actually better than the team average of three goals against per game. That has something to do with Halak missing time, as Brian Elliott has not been able to match the sports betting numbers he put up a year ago.

NHL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

The difference in styles between these teams might not be by design as much as it is because of the way the two teams are performing, and it will be interesting to see how each side holds up the rest of the year. The Sharks haven’t been able to score despite consistently creating a ton of opportunities on offense, and if they can maintain their strong defensive play the goals will eventually come and this team will heat up again.

NHL Betting Pick: San Jose Sharks



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