Louis vs. San Jose Prediction, Preview, and Odds

Tanya Simon
May 20, 2019

The St. Louis Blues, led by Ryan O'Reilly, meet the San Jose Sharks, led by Brent Burns, in Game 5 of their best of seven NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Finals on Sunday, May 19, 2019 (5/19/19) at the SAP Center in San Jose, California at 3 p.m. EDT.

It was a a rather dominant second straight victory for the Blues too, as they throttled the Sharks 5-0 in San Jose.

The Blues set a team record for most wins in a postseason (11-7), passing the previous high of 10 in 1986 (10-9) and matched in 2016 (10-10), powered by Jaden Schwartz's second hat trick of the 2019 playoffs and sixth of his National Hockey League career.

As the injuries pile up for the Sharks and the momentum swings in favour of the Blues, it seems like this series is St. Louis' to lose. San Jose threatened a little in the latter stages of the first period, but the Blues punished them more and more with every hit and every goal.

"It's a great spot to be in", coach Peter DeBoer said Saturday.

Karlsson has been hampered by a groin injury that sidelined him for 27 of the final 33 games in the regular season and has been extremely limited since the third period of Game 4. The goal snapped San Jose's scoreless streak of 226 minutes, 48 seconds in Game 4s this postseason after being shut out in the first two rounds. I think we got better. After playing 7:29 in the opening frame, Karlsson logged just 3:03 in the second period and did not come out for the third.

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The Hurricanes managed to eliminate the defending Stanley Cup Champions in seven games in the first round. They got the short playoff series they desperately needed with the four-game sweep of the Canes.

The San Jose Sharks' prized offseason acquisition may not be on hand to help the team stave off elimination after a rough appearance in Game 5.

Karlsson said he was good to go for Game 5, but that clearly wasn't the case. Jaden Schwartz added two more goals in the third period to secure his second hat trick of the playoffs and increase the Blues' lead to 5-0. It's pretty safe to say that this game was a complete unmitigated disaster for the Sharks, who now have to travel back to St. Louis with their season on the line in Game 6. Jones then swept it away but it went right to Schwartz, who knocked it into the open net.

"I thought that they came out hard in the second and obviously had some offensive zone time on us", Blues coach Craig Berube said. With the report we got, we felt he could play and get through the game.

At that point in the game, the Sharks let their emotions take over and found themselves in a world of penalty trouble.

The game got out of hand in the third as the Sharks took a parade to the penalty box, upset about a hit to the head of Tomas Hertl in the first period by Ivan Barbashev and a high hit to captain Joe Pavelski by Alex Pietrangelo early in the third. DeBoer gave no update on their conditions. Jordan Binnington has allowed 45 goals on 490 shots. They missed their only other chance by Jimmy Roberts in 1968.

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