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San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues Preview and Predictions 05-21-2019 in NHL


The San Jose Sharks aren't just facing a deficit heading back to St. Louis for Game 6 of their Western Conference final, they are also facing questions about the availability of some key cogs in their lineup. Coach Peter DeBoer, however, shed little light on the topic ahead of the Sharks' potential elimination game against the Blues on Tuesday at Enterprise Center.

San Jose captain Joe Pavelski (upper body), two-time Norris Trophy recipient Erik Karlsson (undisclosed) and Tomas Hertl (upper body) missed significant time in Sunday's 5-0 setback to St. Louis while Joonas Donskoi (upper body) returned after being injured earlier in the contest. "We've dealt with this before and guys have stepped in and got the job done," DeBoer told reporters on Monday. "People can write us off but I know in our room we know we've got guys that can get in there and get this done." The Blues have outscored the Sharks 7-1 since the controversial hand-pass goal that ended Game 3 and could punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1970 with one more victory. "I don't know what to say, but yeah, we're close," Blues forward and St. Louis native Patrick Maroon told reporters. "We're very close right now. I think the guys know that. It's in the back of their heads. But we know that that's a good hockey team over there too, and they're not going to give up."

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

ABOUT THE SHARKS: While San Jose owns a 4-0 mark in elimination games this postseason, the injury-riddled roster provides an added hurdle if it plans to return to the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2016. "We're still alive," Sharks forward Logan Couture told reporters. "We've been in this spot before, going to Vegas down 3-2 in a very difficult building. St. Louis is similar, it's a tough building against a good team. A structured team." The 30-year-old Couture has six goals and seven points in eight road games this postseason, although he has been held off the scoresheet in back-to-back contests overall.



ABOUT THE BLUES: Jaden Schwartz netted his second hat trick of the 2019 playoffs on Sunday to boost his goal total to 12, which resides one behind Brett Hull's franchise postseason record set in 1980. "That's something you don't really think about before the game," the 26-year-old Schwartz told reporters about getting a hat trick. "You're just kind of preparing the way you usually do and get focused for the game and help the team. Sometimes you get some bounces your way and you never score a goal by yourself. You need your linemates, your D, (Jordan Binnington) to make big saves, timely saves." Binnington has done that, as the 25-year-old made 21 saves for the first shutout by a St. Louis rookie goaltender in the playoffs and has turned aside 50 of 51 shots in his last two contests since yielding five goals on 32 shots in Game 3.

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1. San Jose will need to become the second team (Los Angeles) to win three Game 7s to reach the Stanley Cup Final.

2. The Blues have lost five of nine contests in the Gateway City as opposed to just two of nine on the road.

3. Sharks G Martin Jones has permitted at least four goals in three of his last four games after reaching that total just twice in his previous 12.

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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
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Dunn is nursing a jaw injury and it is unclear if he will draw back into the lineup against the Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

  • 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 Thurs | questionable

    Hertl is battling an upper-body injury and it is unclear if he will face the Blues in Game 7 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