NHL Playoffs 2019: Wednesday Vegas Odds, Schedule and Predictions

Jake RillCorrespondent IIIMay 15, 2019

St. Louis Blues' Pat Maroon, right, moves the puck past San Jose Sharks' Justin Braun, left, and Brenden Dillon (4) during the second period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals, Monday, May 13, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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The Boston Bruins are one win away from the Stanley Cup finals after their Game 3 road victory in Tuesday's Eastern Conference finals matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes. The Western Conference may not be wrapped up so quickly, though.

The series between the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues is shaping up to be an exciting back-and-forth matchup with it locked at 1-1.

Here's a look at everything you need to know for Wednesday's Western Conference finals Game 3 matchup.

        

Wednesday Schedule, Odds

Game 3: San Jose (+125; bet $100 to win $125) at St. Louis (-140; bet $140 to win $100), 8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network

Odds via Caesars

       

Wednesday Predictions

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - MAY 13: Jordan Binnington #50 of the St. Louis Blues makes a save against Timo Meier #28 of the San Jose Sharks in Game Two of the Western Conference Final during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center on May 13, 2019 in Sa
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By winning Game 2 in San Jose, the Blues made it so they can take the series if they win their three home games. However, they've been better on the road this postseason, going 6-2 in away games and just 3-4 in St. Louis.

This is the first time the Blues will be at home since notching a double-overtime victory in their Game 7 win over the Dallas Stars in the second round. So, even though they haven't been as strong at home in the playoffs, the atmosphere should be electric and fans should be excited for their first home game in the Western Conference finals.

One key to St. Louis' postseason success has been a balanced scoring attack. Seventeen Blues players have scored a goal through their first 15 playoff games, including nine who have more than one.

"We've gotten production from both of our back end and forwards, right through the whole lineup, which is always important in the playoffs," Blues coach Craig Berube said, according to NHL.com's Tracey Myers. "It's tight out there, a lot of times, top-line guys, they get shut down and checked on a nightly basis. It's important we have four lines and six [defensemen] contributing, game to game."

At this point, it's difficult to predict which St. Louis player will power the offense on a given night. But one thing is certain—the Blues will find a way to generate some offense.

St. Louis notched a 4-2 win in Game 2, and San Jose should make Game 3 another close matchup. But the Sharks are going to be playing from behind as the Blues will come out strong in their return to their home ice and get an early lead.

An early advantage may be all that rookie goalie Jordan Binnington needs. Binnington has had a strong postseason, recording a 2.54 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. He bounced back from a tough showing in Game 1 to record 24 saves in the Game 2 victory.

This is going to be a competitive series that likely goes six or seven games, but the Blues are going to have a 2-1 lead after winning this matchup.

"You've got to continue just to compete and play hard," Berube said, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jeff Gordon. "That's a big part of the playoffs, obviously. Just the hard play and strong puck play. When you don't have the puck, the work ethic that's needed to get it back and be real good defensively."

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