After last night’s 4-2 win for the St. Louis Blues, the Western Conference Finals will be heading back to St. Louis for Games 3 and 4 tied 1-1.
Here are my three takeaways from the first two games of the series.
Through Games 1 and 2 of this series, neither Martin Jones nor Jordan Binnington have been stellar.
Jones has faced 56 shots in two games recording a goals against average of 3.50, and a save percentage of .875.
Binnington has faced 51 shots and has a goals against average of 4.00, and a save percentage of .843.
Neither of these performances are acceptable at this stage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, especially with not facing the most amount of shots through two games.
With Binnington being a rookie, and Jones already displaying his struggles this season, and earlier in the playoffs, who knows if either of these goalies will be able to turn things around in this series.
Burns and Karlsson Are Dominating:
Through 16 games played this playoffs, Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson have combined for 28 points; Burns with five goals, and ten assists, Karlsson adding thirteen assists.
The last time a Defense pair had 28 points in the first 15 games of the playoffs was when Paul Coffey, and Nicklas Lidstrom combined for 28 points in 1995.
On top of that, Karlsson is averaging 25:25 time on the ice per game, and Brent Burns is averaging even more at 28:46 time on the ice per game.
With these two work horses performing at this level, the Sharks certainly are no small task to take down.
Terrible Power Play Efficiency:
For the second consecutive round, both of these teams are struggling to execute on their power play opportunities; in the Second Round San Jose went 2/19, and St. Louis went 2/22 on the power play.
San Jose has gone 1/6 on the power play this series, while St. Louis has also had six chances on the power play, they have failed to score one power play goal this series.
The Blues have even allowed a goal against while on the power play in last night’s game.
If either team wants to pull away with this series, their best chance to do so is if they can get their power play capitalizing on their opportunities.
Puck drop of Game 3 is set for 8:00 PM ET Wednesday night in St. Louis as San Jose looks to take back home ice advantage in the series.
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