Blues vs. Sharks Game 5 Betting Odds, Preview: Karlsson’s Injury Looms Large
Jeff Curry, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Erik Karlsson
St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks Game 5 Betting odds
- Blues odds: +110
- Sharks odds: -130
- Over/Under: 5.5
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- TV: NBC
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Box scores are liars.
After a controversial win in Game 3, the San Jose Sharks put forth their best effort of the series in Game 4. The Sharks owned the puck in Game 3, out-attempting the Blues at 5-on-5, 53-22. San Jose also created more expected goals, 1.6 to 1.04, at even strength.
The Hockey Gods and Jordan Binnington would have none of it, though. The rookie netminder — with the help of the posts — held the Sharks scoreless at 5-on-5 in Game 4, turning this series into a Best-of-3.
It’s hard to say only the Sharks deserved to win in Game 4, as the Blues did a good job protecting the house and that allowed Binnington to handle the rest. Prior to Game 4, poor goaltending was the story of the series, but both netminders rebounded nicely on Friday night.
Goaltending is incredibly volatile, so you can’t say both goalies have found their form, but after three games of wonky netminding, Game 4 represented a shift in gameflow. Tighter, low-scoring games probably favor the Blues as they play a more defensive style and have the better goalie on paper, but there’s no telling how these next two or three games will play out.
What we can say is that this series has been tight to this point. The Sharks have the better shot share (53.6%) but the Blues have generated more expected goals (51.4%) at 5-on-5.
This series always likely to go deep and we’ve officially hit the business portion of this fixture. Let’s see what the market says about Game 5.
Game 5 Betting Analysis
There is a cloud hovering over Sunday’s game. San Jose’s talismanic defenseman, Erik Karlsson, was held off the ice for much of the third period in Game 4 and is questionable for Game 5.