Blues V. Sharks – Are the Sharks Coming in Too Hot?

Blues V. Sharks – Are the Sharks Coming in Too Hot?


  • WCF Game 3 – Blues V. Sharks: The Sharks may come in way too hot
  • Moon in Scorpio brings the stingers out
  • Blues have more mental clarity

St. Louis Blues come out west to face the San Jose Sharks in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. So far there’s a lot of buzz around the physical power and confidence of the Sharks. That said, the Blues are far from done.

As if tonight isn’t already intense enough, the Moon moves into Scorpio, and for plays with Scorpio in their charts, we’re likely to see some players take it to a new level. Some will manage to harness this intensity for results, other may implode.

Let’s see whose metal games are impacted for this Game 3 in San Jose:

Sharks’ Players Impacted:

Offense:

  • Tomas Hertl will be incredibly intense tonight; almost to a fault. If Coach DeBoer doesn’t keep him contained, he may hurt more than help.
  • Joe Thornton will be obsessive about winning tonight and the most effective player on his line.
  • Joe Pavelski may push too hard and be too emotional to contribute at his usual level.
  • Patrick Marleau  will be, for him, more intense and is likely to score.
  • Logan Couture and Joonas Donskoi are both feeling an added boost of confidence and will have the speed to steel and change the tempo of the game quickly.
  • Melker Karlsson and Chris Tierney will be visibly aggressive showing little mercy on the Blues.  This line has potential, although Joel Ward may feel mentally fragmented and hesitate during power plays — burning critical seconds.
  • If Line 4 is Dainius Zubrus, Nick Spaling and Tommy Wingels, we should see some very confident and controlled play from them tonight. They will be particularly effective without having to implore risky physical tactics.

Defensive:

  • Marc-Edouard Vlasic will be important to tonight’s defensive efforts. He and Justin Braun will be the most level headed and physically effective D tonight. Vlasic is likely to create more opportunities with less penalties.
  • Brent Burns and Paul Martin — a powerful set of Pisces — may come in too hot tonight. They will be extremely intense from the Moon’s move into Scorpio. And while this will just fuel their already big playing style, tonight they will take it to a new mental level which could backfire on them if it gets too personal. They may forget about the need for finesses and get uncharacteristically sloppy.

Goaltending:

  • Martin Jones is typically a no-nonsense kind of goalie. Tonight he will feel a twinge of intensity even he isn’t used to. And he will likely use it to his advantage. The Blues will need to power a goal through to get past him, otherwise he’ll stave off any deke moves the Blues’ throw his way.

Blues’ Players Impacted:

It’s likely Hitchock may change up the lines tonight, but here’s what we know about current lines:

Offense:

  • Jaden Schwartz will feel particularly intense and will benefit from tonight’s lunar energy and may find it challenging facing off against the Shark’s wildly offensive First Line.
  • Jori Lehtera will be unphased by the Sharks and hold his line together tonight.  He may find it difficult to navigate but if he can be patient as the night progresses he’ll find his tempo and his line will produce results.
  • Vladimir Tarasenko may feel a bit off today. Usually unflappable emotionally, tonight he may actually give into the annoyance of the Shark’s confidence and find it compromises his usual elegant playing style. He’ll be more of a grinder and may not get the pretty shots he is looking for.
  • Paul Statsny has an added boost of intensity and tonight we may see him emerge as a key cog in the Blue’s strategy. Tonight if lined with Robby Fabbri and Troy Brouwer, these three could do some damage. BUT Troy Brouwer may be a bit hot and cold, so depending on who is Lined with, he will need someone to offset his inconsistency.
  • David Backes will be a huge factor in combating the Shark’s home-ice cocky factor. The way he carries himself on the ice is intimidating enough, but tonight he’ll take it to a level — busting out a Backes 2.0 we only see a few games a year. He will use his line well and make no bones about it… he’s out to score tonight.
  • Patrik Berglund will be productive but have a hard time converting, however if lined with Alexander Steen and Backes they will get the job done for Berglund. But only if Steen can keep his focus off his feelings.
  • Steve Ott will be extremely vocal and physical tonight. Watch him to be almost careless about his physical game but luckily for him, he may just find tonight’s luck falls in his favor.
  • Kyle Brodziak will be more intense than we are used to seeing and it wouldn’t surprise me if this goes to OT he is the first to step-up and put this to bed with the GW goal.
  • Scottie Upshall usually can compartmentalize like a champ, today he may have a bit of emotional intensity which should work in his favor against this charged up Sharks.

Defense:

  • Defensively Jay Bouwmeester will be very confident and feel little anxiety about the standings or fact that they are in San Jose. He’s eager to make some noise and take this win. He’s also determined to provide Elliot the support he needs.
  • Alex Pietrangelo will play solid but may not get the results he wants, causing some frustration and decreased contributions as the night progresses.
  • Joel Edmundson will be very intense and It will likely work in his favor. If lined with Kevin Shattenkirk the two will be positioned to do some damage and rattle the Sharks’ cages.
  • Carl Gunnarsson will come out with a plan to match the Sharks bullying play style. I would not be surprised if we saw him getting into it with Joel Ward or Justin Braun tonight — both of those Sharks are incompatible with Gunnarsson and will likely find a way to get under his skin.
  • Colton Parayko has been eager to make his mark and tonight would be a good night for him to do it. His Mars is in Leo giving him an added boost of confidence when taking shots on Goal.

Goaltending:

  • Brian Elliot is determined as hell and with Mars still Retrograde he’s actually in a good position to stay focused and calm amid the storm of pucks.  The Sharks will be throwing everything at him tonight, but he’s ready and intent on doing what he is paid to do.  If one gets by it won’t be for lack of trying.

Who Will Take It

The Sharks will definitely act like it’s theres for the taking but I think we’ll see a new and improved Blues team on the ice. The thing with the Blues’ is they learn from each game and improve as the series goes on. Eventually they will adjust their playing strategy to the Sharks’ and then it will just be a matter of muscle vs. muscle.  Read more about how these two teams match-up mentally 

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