St. Louis Blues vs. Boston Bruins - 2/6/14
Boston Bruins (36-16-3) at St. Louis Blues (37-12-6)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: St. Louis Blues -147 / Boston Bruins +134 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Bruins will travel to the Scottrade Center in St. Louis to take on the Blues in Thursday night NHL action.
The Boston Bruins will do battle with one of the top teams in the Western Conference without their star defenseman and captain Zdeno Chara. Chara already took off for Sochi, where he will represent Slovakia, in order to participate in the opening ceremony. Boston has been skating well, going 7-1-1 over the last nine games, which includes two consecutive victories. The most recent of Boston’s wins came at TD Garden against he visiting Vancouver Canucks. The Bruins took care of the Canucks by a score of 3-1, with contributions from Milan Lucic, Jarome Iginla, and Daniel Paille.
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The St. Louis Blues will be looking to bounce back after blowing a big lead at home against the Ottowa Senators. On Tuesday, the Blues skated into the third period with a 3-1 lead, but the Senators scored three straight goals to lead 4-3. Then, St. Louis knotted the game at four to force overtime. The game eventually went to shootouts, where the Blues’ first two shooters finished, but somehow Ottowa kept pace and scored the eventual winner. Jaraslov Halak was in net when the Senators climbed back on Tuesday, and Halak will look to bounce back as he is scheduled to go on Thursday against the Bruins as well.
The Bruins and Blues played back in November in Boston, a game that the Blues won 3-2 in a shootout. In this series, the road team is 7-0 in the last seven meetings. The Blues are 6-1 in the last seven games after allowing 5 or more goals in the previous game. Without Chara I think the Bruins defense depth will be somewhat exposed against a hungry Blues squad. Also, St. Louis has performed well both at home this season and against the Eastern Conference. I think that St. Louis hands the Bruins their second loss in just eight games.