San Jose faces another Central Division foe in the third round as they are set to face the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference Finals.
This will be the fifth all-time meeting between the Sharks and Blues in the postseason, with all four previous encounters coming in the first round. The two franchises have split their previous matchups, with St. Louis capturing the most recent meeting in five games back in 2012.
During the regular season, the road team won every contest with the Sharks first earning a 3-1 victory over the Blues on Feb. 4th behind goals from Joonas Donskoi, Joe Thornton and Matt Nieto.
Then, just 18 days later, San Jose was back in St. Louis for their second meeting of the season and team teal would jump all over the Blues, scoring three times in the opening frame. Thornton, Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture would each score two goals to power the Sharks to a 6-3 win.
More from Blades of Teal
- San Jose Sharks fans need this Erik Karlsson shirt from BreakingT
- Norris Trophy odds show Erik Karlsson a step above the rest
- Are you the 2021 FanSided Sports Fan of the Year?
- Korenar deserves a chance at the NHL level
- Three prospects the Sharks should consider drafting
Finally, these two squads would square off at SAP Center for the only time this season on March 22nd, and the Sharks actually controlled much of the action. Unfortunately, team teal couldn’t find a way past Brian Elliott who made 37 saves in a 1-0 shutout for St. Louis.
This series will kick off in St. Louis beginning on Sunday night after each team was able to earn convincing victories in Game 7 of their respective second-round series.
Game 1: Sharks @ Blues, Scottrade Center, 5:00 p.m. PDT, NBCSN
Game 2: Sharks @ Blues, Scottrade Center, 5:00 p.m. PDT, NBCSN
Game 3: Sharks vs. Blues, SAP Center, 6:00 p.m. PDT, NBCSN
Game 4: Sharks vs. Blues, SAP Center, 4:15 p.m. PDT, NBC
Game 5: Sharks @ Blues, Scottrade Center, 5:00 p.m. PDT, NBCSN
Game 6: Sharks vs. Blues, SAP Center, 6:00 p.m. PDT, NBCSN
Game 7: Sharks @ Blues, Scottrade Center, 5:00 p.m. PDT, NBCSN
This should be a fascinating series as these are two of the top three scoring teams throughout these playoffs squaring off. In 12 games, the Sharks lead the postseason at 3.42 goals per game (41 goals), while the Blues rank third at 3.14 goals per game (44 goals in 14 games).
Also, these are two of the most potent power plays in the league as San Jose leads the playoffs with 13 goals on the man advantage and a league-best 31 percent (13-for-42) success rate. Meanwhile, St. Louis is tied with Pittsburgh for second with a power-play conversion rate of 27.5 percent (11-for-40).
Both teams have been exorcising some of their playoff demons to an extent during this postseason run, and one of them will finally break through and reach the Stanley Cup Finals when all is said and done.