Stanley Cup Playoffs: Blues vs. Sharks preview, prediction

11 May, 2019, 06:55 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Sharks hope for Pavelski's return before Game 7 against Avs

The only difference for the Colorado series was that captain Joe Pavelski was unable to play after suffering a nasty looking head injury in that previous Game 7. Joe Staley, Laken Tomlinson, Weston Richburg, Mike Person and Mike McGlinchey all donned Sharks jerseys before the game, turning around to hype up the Sharks as they headed through the tunnel towards the ice.

That might be what the Avalanche are muttering under their breath for the next month or two, left to wonder whether the outcome of Wednesday's winner-take-all showdown woulda or coulda been different if not for a disallowed goal during the second period - an especially gut-wrenching ruling because the guy dinged for being offside was standing at the bench for a line-change and not participating in the play.

When the San Jose Sharks play host to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night to kick off the third round of the National Hockey League playoffs - a rematch of the 2016 Western Conference final won by the Sharks - both teams have already overcome so much.

Perhaps supporting the Sharks will give the 49ers a bit of extra motivation to find the postseason themselves in 2019. We all remember the Vegas Golden Knights series where the Sharks came back from a 3-1 deficit to win Game 7 at home by also coming back from 3-0 in that game with less than 10 minutes to go.

"You know, you're nearly speechless", coach Peter DeBoer said.

Astoundingly, both the Avs and the Sharks come into Game 7 with a series-PDO of 100.

"It's going to be a challenge no matter what", Blues center Ryan O'Reilly said, "and I think that's expected". You can have an injury like that and miss months, or have one and be back in a week. "They were there for me".

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"We're trying to win as many games as we can so we can see him back out on the ice again", Thornton said earlier this round.

Instead of a tie game, the Avs were in a two-goal hole. MacKinnon set up Colin Wilson's goal in the slot, and all of the players appeared to be onside.

The teams have played five times in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with the Sharks winning three of those series, including the most recent, the 2016 conference final, in six games. He opened the scoring in the first period and led his team to victory.

Colorado pushed hard in the third, getting a goal in the first minute from Jost, but the Sharks managed to hold on from there for the win. The San Jose Sharks have won eight of their last 11 games as a home favorite.

The Blues season looked to be all but over as they sat in dead last for most of the season.

This Blues team is not afraid to roll with all four lines and the Sharks need to have weapons on each of their lines to be able to keep up with their opposition. That is what San Jose has to do, put the pressure on the Avalanche defense and create breakdowns and force Grubauer to be a star, on the road.

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