Bet the NHL: BoopStats kicks off hockey picks – he's looking for a lot of goals with Sharks vs Blues
San Jose Sharks' Erik Karlsson (65) passes around St. Louis Blues' Jordan Kyrou (25) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in St. Louis. Associated Press Photo/Jeff Roberson

Bet the NHL: BoopStats kicks off hockey picks – he's looking for a lot of goals with Sharks vs Blues

The puck drops at 9:05 pm EST.

Now that the NHL has a week or so under its belt and the dust – ice chips(?) – have cleared, we can focus on some trends going on around the league.

Let’s start in San Jose, where the Sharks will NOT be playing until at least February. They are in St. Louis to play their fourth of eight straight road games to start the season (first two were at Arizona), but the real thing to see is the total goals scored in each of their first three games, in order:

> 7 (4-3 shootout win);

> 8 (5-3 loss);

> 9 (5-4 loss).

The Blues have already allowed the only eight-game game of the season to Colorado on Jan. 15 (no one else has allowed more than six in a game), so a couple of Alternate Overs are going to be our play here.

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BLUES-SHARKS TOTAL GOALS

> Over 6.5 (+130) . . . $10/$13

> Over 7.5 (+295) . . . $5/$12.75

> Over 8.5 (+480) . . . $3/$14.40

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