With just 16 games remaining in each of their schedules, every game and every point counts for the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks. The playoffs are approaching, and this game will feel every bit like a playoff matchup.
The St. Louis Blues are in a tailspin. They’ve won just two out of their last 10 games and sit two points out of a playoff spot. That recent play caused Blues’ management to send veteran Paul Stastny to the Winnipeg Jets for picks and a prospect. St. Louis is still within striking distance of a playoff spot, however, and they’ve tallied points in two of out of the last three games. The Blues will need to continue turning things around on Thursday, as they’ll be up against a team that they’re chasing in the standings.
While San Jose sits in the second spot in the Pacific Division, they only have a three-point cushion over the Colorado Avalanche, which currently sits in the ninth spot in the West. In the final stretch of the season, the Sharks will need more from their offense, which has scored just 2.91 goals per game. Look for a breakout game from the likes of Pavelski and Burns in this important matchup.