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San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues Preview and Predictions 05-15-2019 in NHL


The San Jose Sharks have been in this precise position in each of the two previous rounds, having posted a convincing win in the series opener only to turn around and relinquish home-ice advantage with a loss in the following contest. The Sharks aim to get back on track Wednesday when the Western Conference final shifts to the Gateway City for Game 3 against the St. Louis Blues.

"Every series we get a great first game and the second kind of a little bit struggling," San Jose forward Tomas Hertl said after a 4-2 setback in Game 2 on Monday. "It's still fine, but we have to be better, we can't play like that." There has been little issue with the production of Logan Couture (NHL-best 13 goals, 19 points), who recorded his fourth multi-goal performance of the playoffs and second in as many games on Monday by tallying twice in a span of 1:59 during the second period. St. Louis' Jaden Schwartz has also produced as his goal in the first period of Game 2 pushed him within one of becoming the fourth player in franchise history to score at least 10 times in one playoff season. "It's definitely the (most fun) time of the year," said the 26-year-old Schwartz, who scored 11 goals in 69 regular-season games. "I had some struggles earlier that I haven't really had before, but once playoff starts ... I don't know, you just embrace the games, have fun with it. I don't really try to think too much about it."

TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, CBC, Sportsnet 360, TVAS LINE: Blues -1.5

ABOUT THE SHARKS: San Jose's third line has struggled to make its mark in the playoffs, as Joe Thornton and Kevin Labanc have mustered just one point each in the last eight contests while Marcus Sorensen is mired in a seven-game point drought. "We've got another level, I think," said the 39-year-old Thornton, who owns a team-worst minus-7 rating in the playoffs. One such defensive issue saw Thornton trailing the play as Blues defenseman Roberto Bertuzzo pinched in and scored the eventual game-winning goal late in the second period on Monday.



ABOUT THE BLUES: While much has been made of Thornton's pursuit of the Stanley Cup, St. Louis defenseman Jay Bouwmeester is on a lengthy quest of his own -- one that has spanned 16 NHL seasons and 1,184 regular-season games. "That's part of the reason why he's still playing. That's the end game," the 35-year-old Bouwmeester said of Thornton. Fellow defenseman Alex Pietrangelo set up Oskar Sundqvist's insurance goal late in the third period on Monday for his 12th point of the postseason, one shy of Schwartz for the team lead.

OVERTIME

1. St. Louis' Jordan Binnington is one win shy of becoming the 10th rookie goaltender in NHL history to reach double digits in a single postseason.

2. San Jose RW Timo Meier has six points (two goals, four assists) in his last four games.

3. The Blues failed on all five power-play attempts in Game 2 and are 1-for-26 with the man advantage in their past eight contests.

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Scottrade Center
St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Capacity: 19,150

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Last Injuries

St. Louis Blues

  • Vince Dunn

    Jaw
    Out Tues | out

    Dunn is nursing a jaw injury and will not draw back into the lineup against the Sharks in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.

  • Sammy Blais

    Undisclosed
    Prob Sun | probable

    Blais exited the previous game after blocking a shot but is expected to return in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Sharks.

  • Carl Gunnarsson

    Lower Body
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Gunnarsson is battling a lower-body injury and it is uncertain if he will be available for Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Sharks.

  • Sammy Blais

    Poss. Suspension
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Blais is facing disciplinary action for a illegal hit to the head of an opponent. His status for Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Sharks is in question.

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San Jose Sharks

  • Tomas Hertl

    Upper Body
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Hertl is battling an upper-body injury and it has yet to be established if he will face the Blues in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.

  • Joonas Donskoi

    Face
    day-to-day | questionable

    Donskoi was lifted from Sunday's game due to a facial injury and it is unknown if he will return.

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st-louis-blues Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Vladimir Tarasenko 76 33 5 1 12 8 12 12 0 22 0 1768 275
Ryan O'Reilly 82 28 5 2 12 8 6 6 1 22 3 2103 234
David Perron 57 23 1 0 6 8 9 7 0 14 0 1189 112
Brayden Schenn 72 17 5 1 5 7 4 4 0 12 0 1642 159
Ivan Barbashev 80 14 1 0 6 3 5 0 2 0 2 1336 60
Statistics
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Jake Allen 46 45 0 0 0 17 19 5 0
Jordan Binnington 32 30 0 0 0 5 24 1 0
Alex Pietrangelo 71 0 1 0 62 0 0 0 22
Alexander Steen 65 0 18 11 55 0 0 0 14
Brayden Schenn 72 0 357 323 111 0 0 0 40
Assits
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Ryan O'Reilly 82 0 49 16 2
Brayden Schenn 72 0 37 8 0
Vladimir Tarasenko 76 0 35 10 0
Alex Pietrangelo 71 0 28 12 1
Jaden Schwartz 69 0 25 3 0
Defense
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Chad Johnson 9 4 20 3.754 9 4 7 0 156 0 42 46 68 0
Jake Allen 46 45 121 2.827 40 39 37 5 1277 21 427 443 386 0
Jordan Binnington 32 30 59 1.887 13 22 23 1 807 10 244 273 280 0
Alex Pietrangelo 71 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 139
Alexander Steen 65 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 50
Shutouts
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Jordan Binnington 32 30 5 0 0 0
Jake Allen 46 45 3 0 0 3
Chad Johnson 9 4 1 0 0 0
Alex Pietrangelo 71 0 0 0 0 0
Alexander Steen 65 0 0 1 0 0
Time on ice
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Jake Allen 46 45 127308 13512 154077 13257
Jordan Binnington 32 30 97688 7856 112585 7041
Colton Parayko 80 0 96316 6269 109361 6776
Alex Pietrangelo 71 0 82070 11730 102568 8768
Ryan O'Reilly 82 0 78268 14048 102133 9817

san-jose-sharks Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Joe Pavelski 75 38 6 1 11 13 13 12 1 21 1 1808 188
Tomas Hertl 77 35 5 1 10 9 15 11 1 15 2 1834 176
Evander Kane 75 30 1 0 13 12 5 5 1 11 2 1734 268
Timo Meier 78 30 2 2 13 10 5 6 0 10 1 1730 250
Logan Couture 81 27 3 0 9 8 10 6 2 18 2 1970 204
Statistics
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Martin Jones 62 62 0 0 0 19 36 4 2
Aaron Dell 25 20 0 0 0 8 10 2 0
Antti Suomela 27 0 127 102 10 0 0 0 4
Barclay Goodrow 82 0 255 296 125 0 0 0 76
Brenden Dillon 82 0 0 0 202 0 0 0 61
Assits
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Brent Burns 82 0 67 21 4
Logan Couture 81 0 43 12 0
Erik Karlsson 53 0 42 18 0
Kevin Labanc 82 0 39 18 0
Tomas Hertl 77 0 39 4 1
Defense
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Aaron Dell 25 20 70 3.174 26 24 18 2 613 9 196 220 188 0
Martin Jones 62 62 176 2.936 59 60 53 4 1699 15 589 587 508 0
Antti Suomela 27 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11
Barclay Goodrow 82 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 68
Brenden Dillon 82 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 78
Shutouts
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Martin Jones 62 62 3 0 0 1
Aaron Dell 25 20 2 0 0 2
Antti Suomela 27 0 0 0 0 0
Barclay Goodrow 82 0 0 0 0 0
Brenden Dillon 82 0 0 0 0 0
Time on ice
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Martin Jones 62 62 183225 16378 215833 16230
Brent Burns 82 0 97466 16145 123488 9877
Justin Braun 78 0 83796 509 95035 10730
Marc-Edouard Vlasic 72 0 76351 3281 90904 11272
Logan Couture 81 0 68708 14074 90371 7589