Heading into Game 4, the Blues and Sharks continue what has been a very tightly contested series so far. The Blues will be looking to rebound from a tough and controversial end to Game 3 and avoid going down 3-1 in front of their home fans. The Sharks, meanwhile, will be looking to string together consecutive wins in a series for the first time since Games 6 and 7 of the first round against Vegas.
The Sharks have a 2-1 lead, but both teams could hardly be more evenly matched. The Blues have the higher expected goals total, but San Jose has done a much better job converting on the chances they do get, often capitalizing on Blues turnovers as we highlighted here and here. Zone time is a key aspect of both team’s game and it’s come at a premium in this series, with both teams still within a minute of offensive zone possession time of each other.
With the Bruins sweeping the Hurricanes, Boston will have plenty of rest heading into the Final. This Western Conference Final has the look and feel of a series that will go the distance, so if the Sharks can steal another road game in St. Louis, they might be able to end this series quickly and avoid playing in a third straight Game 7. St. Louis, however, should be hungry to bounce back in front of their home fans after their Game 3 heartbreak.