Betting the Pucks: The Sharks Visit St. Louis as Heavy Dogs

San Jose Sharks (+137) at the St. Louis Blues (-149) Total: 5.5

The St. Louis Blues, in second place in the Central division, welcome the San Jose Sharks into the Scottrade Center on Tuesday evening . The Sharks have scored 2.3 goals per game away from home in 2013 while giving up 2.8 goals to its opponents, earning San Jose a 2-3-1 record away from the HP Pavilion. San Jose is still looking for its first win this month, going 0-4-3 in February so far this year. “We just have to keep working,” Sharks captain Joe Thornton said. “We’ll work our way out of this and that’s all we can do. It’s tough, but we have a lot of veterans here.”

This will be the Sharks’ fourth game on their six game road trip. San Jose is averaging 27.7 shots per game as visitors, and giving up 31.8 shots to its opponents. The Sharks have gone under in 71% of its games this year.

The Blues are coming offf a 3-0 road trip after winning a 4-3 shootout over the Northwest Division leader Vancouver Canucks on Sunday. The win broke the Blues’ five game winless streak. It wasn’t easy coming back home, however. The Blues’ flight out of Vancouver on Monday morning was postponed eight hours due to mechanical problems with the airplane, and St. Louis wasn’t expected to land until well past midnight.

St. Louis is 3-3-1 at home so far this year, scoring 3.1 goals a game while giving up 3.4 goals per game. They are averaging 29.4 shots on goal at home, with a 11% shot success rate. On defense, the Blues have allowed 19.6 shots on goal for a 18% shot success rate. St. Louis is 5-4-1 in its last 10 games, with a goal differential of 4 goals so far this season. St. Louis has gone over in 73% of its games in 2013.

The Blues are expected to start Jake Allen in the net on Tuesday against San Jose. Allen has won his first three starts this season after being called up February 12. The Blues will ride Allen while he is hot, giving him his fourth consecutive start. Allen is taking advantage of his opportunity with Brian Elliott struggling and Jaroslav Halak sidelined with a groin injury.

This is the first of three meetings between these two teams. They last met in the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals, a series that the Blues won in five games.