NHL Odds: Blues Take on Sharks in Critical Western Conference Matchup

With just 16 games remaining in each of their schedules, every game and every point counts for the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks. The playoffs are approaching, and this game will feel every bit like a playoff matchup.

The St. Louis Blues are in a tailspin. They’ve won just two out of their last 10 games and sit two points out of a playoff spot. That recent play caused Blues’ management to send veteran Paul Stastny to the Winnipeg Jets for picks and a prospect. St. Louis is still within striking distance of a playoff spot, however, and they’ve tallied points in two of out of the last three games. The Blues will need to continue turning things around on Thursday, as they’ll be up against a team that they’re chasing in the standings.

While San Jose sits in the second spot in the Pacific Division, they only have a three-point cushion over the Colorado Avalanche, which currently sits in the ninth spot in the West. In the final stretch of the season, the Sharks will need more from their offense, which has scored just 2.91 goals per game. Look for a breakout game from the likes of Pavelski and Burns in this important matchup.

NHL Odds: Pavelski and Schenn go Head to Head in San Jose

This Thursday (10:30 PM ET), the San Jose Sharks will look to continue the St. Louis Blues’ recent struggles. Joe Pavelski and the Sharks will attempt to defend their playoff spot, which is currently a miniscule three-point lead over the Colorado Avalanche. They’ll need to beat teams like St. Louis if they hope to secure a playoff berth.

At the opposite end of the ice, the St. Louis Blues have fallen out of a playoff spot due to recent play that has resulted in them winning just two of their last 10 games. They’ll look to team-leading scorer Brayden Schenn to drive this team back to a playoff spot starting with a victory over the Sharks.

The St. Louis Blues are on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. In order to get back into a playoff spot, they’ll need to start winning big games like Thursday’s contest. The Sharks are currently four points ahead of the Blues, so a victory on Thursday is critical for St. Louis’ playoff aspirations.

This Thursday could be a preview of a Western Conference showdown come playoff time – at least that’s what the St. Louis Blues are hoping for. Vladimir Tarasenko and the Blues need to start winning games like Thursday’s matchup against the San Jose Sharks if they have hopes of postseason play. Puck drop is 10:30 PM ET. The San Jose Sharks welcome the St. Louis Blues to town this Thursday (10:30 PM ET) for what should be a spirited battle between two Western Conference teams that are in competition for the same playoff position. With only four points separating the teams, a lot is on the line.

With the NHL season entering its final 15 games, the stakes are high for teams on the cusp of a playoff berth. Both the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks are fighting for their playoff lives. Don’t miss this opportunity for a playoff-like atmosphere in the regular season.