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Facts and Figures: Blues back home with chance to reach Stanley Cup Final

Enter Game 6 against Sharks 16-9 at St. Louis in potential series clinchers

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The St. Louis Blues can advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1970 with a win against the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final at Enterprise Center on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS).

The Blues lead a best-of-7 series 3-2 for the 13th time in their history (10-2). More than half of their series-clinching wins since entering the NHL in 1967 have occurred on home ice (16 of 29; 55.2 percent). That includes two this season: Game 6 of the first round against the Winnipeg Jets and Game 7 of the second round against the Dallas Stars.

St. Louis is 16-9 (.640) in potential series-clinching games at home but haven't won there to reach the Cup Final since a 2-1 double-overtime victory against the Minnesota North Stars in Game 7 of the 1968 NHL Semifinals. It reached the Final by winning on the road in 1969 and 1970.

The Blues matched their record for largest margin of victory in a shutout during the conference finals/NHL Semifinals when they won 5-0 at San Jose on Sunday, equaling a 5-0 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of the 1970 Semifinals.

 

Sharks try for second comeback this season

The Sharks trail 3-2 in a best-of-7 series for the 15th time since entering the NHL in 1991. They've forced a Game 7 three times and won two of those series, defeating the Calgary Flames in the 1995 Western Conference Quarterfinals and the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2019 Western Conference First Round.

San Jose is 7-2 in the postseason after losing by at least five goals, including a win in Game 5 of the first round this season following a 5-0 defeat in Game 4, and 11-10 in the game after a shutout loss in the playoffs, including 2-0 in 2019.

The Sharks are 16-20 in games when facing elimination (4-0 this season). One team in NHL history has reached the Stanley Cup Final after winning at least six elimination games: the 2014 Los Angeles Kings earned seven such victories before facing the New York Rangers.

Video: Can the Sharks pull off another series comeback?

 

Potential series clinchers, facing elimination

Among Blues players to appear in at least one game in the Western Conference Final, forward Jaden Schwartz leads them with six points (two goals, four assists) in potential series-clinching games. Defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Colton Parayko each has five (one goal, four assists).

Blues rookie goalie Jordan Binnington is 2-0 in potential series-clinching games, winning Game 6 of the first round and Game 7 of the second round this season.

Craig Berube, who replaced Mike Yeo as Blues coach Nov. 19, is one win from becoming the 11th coach in NHL history to reach the Stanley Cup Final after taking over during the season. Of the 10 previous coaches who've done so, six won the Cup. That group includes Mike Sullivan with the Penguins (2016).

Among Sharks players to appear in at least one game in the Western Conference Final, forward Joe Thornton is first with 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 31 elimination games. Forward Logan Couture is next with 14 points (nine goals, five assists) in 16 games.

Sharks goalie Martin Jones is 6-3 when his team has faced elimination, including 4-0 this season.

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