San Jose @ St. Louis NHL WCF Game 5 Odds Report

San Jose @ St. Louis NHL WCF Game 5 Odds Report

Written by on May 23, 2016

Anyone who thought the Conference Finals were going to be over quickly is not having their predictions play out, as both series look set to go the distance. Monday night sees game 5 of the Western Conference Final shift back to St. Louis, with the Blues and Sharks all knotted up at 2-2. Home ice advantage has really meant nothing in this series, with both teams able to pick up a win in hostile territory. What that suggests is that you probably shouldn’t necessarily think of the home team as the favorite when visiting your favorite online sportsbook. The fact of the matter is that these two teams look to be ridiculously evenly matched, and given how things have gone so far, predicting who will come out of this series and into the Stanley Cup Final is a bit of a thankless task. The winner of Game 5 will have a huge advantage, and you can get your wagers in on this crucial game at our NHL betting lines portal.

How To Bet The Sharks vs Blues Game 5 NHL Playoffs Odds, TV & Game Info

When: Monday, May 23 at 8 PM EST Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis TV: NBCSN NHL Odds: TBA

Why bet on the San Jose Sharks

The Sharks have been better than expected defensively in the postseason, and that has carried over into this series, where they have, for he most part, shut down the offensive might of the Blues. San Jose only gave up 2 goals through the first 3 games of this series, yet still only found themselves up 2 games to 1. Their inability to score more than once in Game 1 somewhat spoiled their back to back shutouts in Games 2 and 3, and they were made to pay for that last time out with the Blues finding their offensive touch again in Game 4 with a 6-3 win. If the Sharks can get back to their defensive best, there is no reason they can’t head back home with a chance to close out the series.

Why bet on the St. Louis Blues

It must have been a relief for the Blues to finally snap out of their goalless drought in Game 4, but they now have to be concerned about the injury to David Backes. The defenseman went down early in the 6-3 win, and there is no word yet on whether or not he will be available for the crucial 5th game of the series. It would appear that the key to success for the Blues in this series is to score on the power play. In the 2 games where the Blues have connected with the extra man, they have gone on to win, so look for them to try and take advantage of at least one of their PP opportunities in Game 5.

My Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

This series has proven to be totally unpredictable, and I still think it is destined to go 7 games. Home ice hasn’t been much of an advantage for either team, but I think the Blues will make the most of it on Monday night. Be sure to check out the latest betting lines for this one at San Jose Sharks 2 St. Louis Blues 3