October 15, 2013

NHL Pick: San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues

BetOnlineMatchup: San Jose Sharks vs. St. Louis Blues

Date/Time: October 15th, 8:00 p.m. ET

Television: NBC Sports Network

NHL Betting Odds from BetOnline Sportsbook

Moneyline: St. Louis -130

Total: 5.5

There aren’t many teams that are left that are undefeated in hockey betting action this year, but two of them are going to be meeting at the Scottrade Center on Tuesday night, as the St. Louis Blues play host to the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks have been amazing at the start of this season. They are outscoring teams 24-7 thus far this year. They have scored at least three goals in every game that they have played, and they have yet to allow more than two goals in any game. D Brad Stuart has been suspended for this game, but C Tomas Hertl is going to be in the lineup in spite of his upper body injury. Hertl already has seven goals on the season, and he has been the best player on this team. It’s amazing to think that this club is undefeated at this point, knowing that C Joe Pavelski and C Joe Thornton have yet to score a goal this year, and C Tyler Kennedy really hasn’t found a spot in the regular lineup yet at this point. D Dan Boyle, routinely one of the highest scoring defensemen in the league, only has two points. Things really are going to get better, not worse for the Sharks. However, it’s unrealistic to think that G Antti Niemi, who has played every minute of every game this year, will keep his 1.40 GAA all campaign long.

The Blues haven’t quite been as impressive as the Sharks have been, but they have been quite good. St. Louis has outscored its opponents 19-7 this year in four games, though it hasn’t left the Scottrade Center yet this year. This isn’t an exception, and it might not even be the toughest game of the year. The team has already beaten the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, and it has beaten its other three teams by multiple goals. Just as we have seen with the Sharks, the Blues have had some tremendous goal scorers come out of the blue to help out the cause. LW Alexander Steen has four goals and four assists over the course of just four games. It’s not a huge surprise to see Steen with such numbers, but to think that RW Chris Stewart doesn’t have a goal yet this year is a shock. However, C David Backes has four goals, and there are 10 difference players that have lit the lamp at least once in just four games.

The Blues have the home ice advantage in this one, and we think that they are going to make it stand up. This is as big of a game as we have seen early in the season thus far, and though this isn’t a divisional game, it is surely a game where one of these teams is going to be able to make the claim of being the best early on in the campaign in the NHL season.

San Jose Sharks @ St. Louis Blues Pick: St. Louis Blues -130

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Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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