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Sharks vs. Blues, Game 4 Preview: Building off the Momentum

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Tonight's Game 4 of the Western Conference Final is easily a must-win for both the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues. A Sharks win puts the Blues on the brink of elimination, but a Blues win ties the series at two games each with Game 5 in Missouri, giving St. Louis the slight advantage.

The Sharks have been absolutely dominant the past two games, outscoring St. Louis 7-0 and Martin Jones currently has a 150:45 shutout streak, dating back to the second period of Game 1 on Sunday. With all the momentum San Jose is riding and the national media starting to take of note, it's important for San Jose to play the same game they've been playing this whole series. With how good the Sharks have looked these past three games, a St. Louis win ties the series at 2-2 with the Blues having home-ice twice during the final potential three games.

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San Jose Sharks
49-24-9 Regular Season Record 46-30-6
2nd in Central Regular Season Finish 3rd in Pacific
52.7% Regular Season Even Strength, Score-Adj. Fenwick 53.3%
100.8 Regular Season PDO 100.4
21.5
Regular Season PP% 22.5
85.1
Regular Season PK% 80.5

4:15 PM PDT | SAP Center | San Jose, Calif.

TV: NBCSNRadio: 98.5 KFOX

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Last Meeting

This was a fun one. Jones stopped 22 shots sent his way, Tomas Hertl had two goals, and both Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton registered two assists in a 3-0 win over the Blues.

Storylines:

  • Jake Allen will be making his first start of the playoffs for the Blues. Bold move by Ken Hitchcock? Definitely. Will it pay dividends? That remains to be seen.
  • The Sharks are 6-0 at SAP Center this postseason in regulation. Let's make it 7-0 tonight.
  • After being embarrassed in two straight games, it'll be interesting to see how St. Louis responds to the adversity tonight.