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Stanley Cup odds: Blues to see off Sharks

Sharks @ Blues preview and predictions

The St Louis Blues are one win away from the Stanley Cup final after a 5-0 rout of the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.

Jaden Schwartz scored a hat-trick as the Blues won Game 5 of the Western Conference final to take a 3-2 series lead.

They are now on the brink of going through to face the Boston Bruins, who are the 4/6 favourites in the outright Stanley Cup odds.

The Blues were last in the entire NHL in January but are now within one win of a fourth Stanley Cup final appearance - and first since 1970.

St Louis took the lead five minutes and 50 seconds into Sunday's match through Oskar Sundqvist before Schwartz scored his first early in the second period and Vladimir Tarasenko sniped a penalty shot past Martin Jones.

Schwartz grabbed his second on a five-on-three powerplay in the final period and then completed his treble with four minutes left.

The Blues will look to wrap up the series tonight when they host Game 6 and they are 6/10 in the NHL odds to get the win they need.

They will be full of confidence after Sunday's performance in which Jordan Bennington produced 21 saves and kept his first shut-out of the post-season.

The Blues had 40 shots to the Sharks' 21 and San Jose's frustration boiled over as they committed nine penalties for 36 penalty minutes compared to just nine minutes for the Blues.

It is hard to see how the Sharks can avoid another defeat against such a dominant defence and the Blues to win without the need for overtime at 21/20 is the first of our NHL predictions.

For bigger odds in our NHL picks, we also like the Blues at 8/5 giving away 1.5 goals on the spread.

The last of our Stanley Cup predictions is over 5.5 goals at 19/20, which would have paid out in three of their five post-season matches and with the Sharks on the brink of elimination, they must go for broke.

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Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in Ice Hockey