NHL Picks: Sharks vs. Blues

David Schwab

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 7:06 PM GMT

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 7:06 PM GMT

Two playoff contenders in the NHL’s Western Conference square-off this Tuesday night when the San Jose Sharks pay a visit to the Scottrade Center to play the St. Louis Blues. Where are we looking for NHL betting value in this matchup?

This matchup is slated to get underway at 5 p.m. (PT) and it will be broadcast nationally on the NBC Sports Network. Join us as we breakdown both teams and decide where the best value lies hidden for our NHL picks tonight.

Sharks Overview 

San Jose finds itself in a full-fledged nose dive with seven-straight losses in which it has been outscored 21-8. This past Friday it came up woefully short in a 4-1 loss to Chicago as a 123 road underdog to drop to 2-3-1 on the road this season. The Sharks are now 7-4-3 overall with 17 points after reeling off seven-straight victories to start the season. The total has stayed UNDER in eight of their last 10 games.

The complete lack of scoring during this recent skid has San Jose ranked 19th in the NHL with an average of 2.5 goals a game. It still remains near the top of the league in goals allowed; giving-up just 2.2 a game, but that has all changed in recent outings as well. Patrick Marleau has cooled off from a red-hot start but he still leads the team with 10 goals and five assists. Antti Niemi has spent the majority of the time in goal and comes in with a .930 save percentage to complement a goals-against-average of 1.94. If for some reason he does not get the call, look for Thomas Greiss to take his place.

Blues Overview

The Blues extended their winning streak to three games by coming out on top in a 4-3 shootout against Vancouver this past Sunday as 126 road underdogs. This recent run followed a five-game losing streak so they are now 9-5-1 overall (19 points) and tied for fourth-place in the West. The total has gone OVER in seven of their last eight games.

With goalie Jaroslav Halak on the shelf with a groin injury, St.Louis has turned to Jake Allen the last three games in place of an ineffective Brian Elliott. Allen has gotten the job done with 2.33 GAA in those starts. It also helps when you have an offensive attack that is ranked second in the league in scoring with 3.3 goals a game and ranked first on the power play; converting on 34.5 percent of its opportunities. Patrik Berglund leads the team in goals with eight and Alexander Steen leads in total points with 15.

Also check out SBR's NHL Picks of the Day article for more free betting options.

Sharks vs. Blues Betting Lines and Trends

The Blues have been opened by NHL odds makers as 157 home favorites on the money line, while San Jose is a 143 underdogs on the road. The total for this game has been set at 5.5.

The Sharks are 9-23 in their last 32 games on the road and 3-14 in their last 17 games against the Central Division. The total has stayed under in five of their last six games against a team with a winning record.

The Blues are 38-18 in their last 56 games playing on one day’s rest and 5-1 in their last six games following a win. The total has gone over in four of their last five home games.

San Jose is just 1-4 in its last five road games against the Blues and 0-4 in the last four meetings overall. The total has stayed under in six of the last eight games between the two.

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Sharks vs. Blues Free NHL Pick

The Scottrade Center in St. Louis is certainly not the easiest place to try snap a losing streak, so it is easy to see why the Sharks are heavy underdogs in this contest. While the risk-reward in wagering on the Blues is pretty high in this contest, if you want to bet a side in this contest the play is clearly on St. Louis.

Blues 4    Sharks 2 (lines provided by BetOnline)

Year-to-Date NHL Record: 16-4-2

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