NHL Capper Loves Underdog Betting Value In Blues & Sharks Game 3

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, May 19, 2016 1:56 PM UTC

Thursday, May. 19, 2016 1:56 PM UTC

Our sports handicapping professional has gone 28-19 (60%) the past 25 days, and that includes a plethora of money line underdog winners. Go inside for his insightful NHL pick for tonight’s Game 3.

Series Lead in NHL Western Final at Stake
The Blues and Sharks will resume their Western Conference Finals series on Thursday night in San Jose. The opening faceoff at the SAP Center is slated for 9:05 PM ET. These clubs split the first two games of the series in St. Louis. The Blues won the series opener 2-1, and San Jose bounced back with a convincing 4-0 win in Tuesday’s Game 2. Current NHL odds at Heritage indicates that San Jose is a -141 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.


Resilient Blues
The Blues were embarrassed in Game 2 at home after being dominated during a 4-0 defeat. However, they’ve displayed a short memory this season after turning in a dismal performance. St. Louis has gone 4-1 during this 2015-2016 NHL campaign following a shutout loss in their previous game. What’s even more impressive is what the Blues response has been in recent games following a defeat. St. Louis has been an extremely profitable 8-1 during its last nine games following a loss in their previous outing. This will be the sixth time in these 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs that St. Louis has found itself tied in a series. They’ve won on each of the previous five occasions in which that exact scenario has arisen.

Road Warriors
The Blues have been unfazed when playing on the road this season, evidenced by a stellar 30-18 money line record on enemy ice. As a matter of fact, they’ve gone 10-2 during its last twelve road games, and that includes a current three game win streak in the playoffs.


Sharks Strange Home/Away Splits
San Jose has been the best road team in the NHL this season. That point was further exemplified by their dominating Game 2 performance at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. By virtue of that win, San Jose improved their season long money line road record to 32-17. Conversely, despite being on a current five game home winning streak, San Jose has gone an uninspiring 23-24 at the SAP Center. Putting that home record into perspective, hypothetically if you wagered to win $100 on San Jose as a money line favorite in each one of their home games, and risked $100 on them as a money line home underdog as well, you would be down $1660 as of today. It’s also worth noting, San Jose has gone 0-4 at home this season following a shutout win in their previous game.


The Final Answer
I’m quite confident that a strong case has been made for St. Louis through throughout the body of this article. I’m not about to surprise you with any type of contrarian thought process at this juncture. I’ll be siding with the money line road underdog for one of my NHL picks for today.

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NHL Pick: St. Louis +137
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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