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Sharks Hunt Series Lead in Game 3

Pucknology Gameday Report

The San Jose Sharks dominated the St. Louis Blues en route to a 4-0 victory in Game 2, tying the series 1-1. The Sharks will look to continue their incredible play in the postseason tonight during Game 3 at SAP Center. Teams that go up 2-1 after Game 3 have a series record of 200-97 all time.

Contrary to the regular season, San Jose has been an excellent home team throughout these playoffs. With a record of 6-0-1 on home ice, the Sharks are the only remaining team without a regulation loss on their own rink.

But, Joe Pavelski and the crew will need to keep the pressure on the Blues to come out with a victory in this third game. St. Louis is a team that can beat you 1-0 without a problem, so converting on chances is a must and playing smart defensively is as important as ever. One careless turnover by the Sharks and one incredible save by Brian Elliot could be the difference between winning and losing; it’s that close.

By the Numbers

San Jose Sharks St. Louis Blues Advantage
9-5 Record 9-7 San Jose
15/50 (30%) Power Play 12/48 (25%) San Jose
35/42 (83.3%) Penalty Kill 37/47 (78.7%) San Jose
46 Goals For 46 Tied
30 Goals Against 39 San Jose
+16 Goal Differential +7 San Jose

Projected Lines

St. Louis Blues

Schwartz – Lehtera – Tarasenko
Fabbri – Stastny  – Brouwer
Berglund – Steen –  Backes
Upshall – Brodziak – Paajarvi*

Bouwmeester – Pietrangelo
Edmunson – Shattenkirk
Gunnarsson – Parayko

Elliott
Allen

San Jose Sharks

Hertl – Thornton – Pavelski
Donskoi – Couture – Marleau
Karlsson – Tierney – Ward
Spaling – Zubrus – Wingels

Vlasic – Braun
Martin – Burns
Dillon – Polak

Jones
Reimer

About Drew Weber

Drew Weber is a lover of hockey and abuser of analytics. Prior to joining Pucknology, he covered the San Jose Sharks and Team USA for The Hockey Writers and contributed briefly to Fear the Fin. You can follow him on Twitter at @puck_over_glass.

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