Blues vs. Bruins - 4/1/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Bruins (40-29-8) at St. Louis Blues (46-22-9)
NHL Hockey: Friday, April 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: St. Louis Blues / Boston Bruins --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, FSMW
The Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues clash early Friday night at the Scottrade Center.
The Boston Bruins could use a nice win after losing seven of their last nine games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 20.6 percent of their power plays. Brad Marchand leads Boston with 35 goals, Patrice Bergeron has 34 assists and Loui Eriksson has 172 shots on goal. Defensively, the boston Bruins are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82 percent of their power play chances. Tuukka Rask has allowed 145 goals on 1,759 shots faced and Jonas Gustavsson has given up 51 goals on 576 shots. Rask has allowed six goals in his last three games.
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The St. Louis Blues look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 22 percent of their power plays. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 36 goals, David Backes has 21 assists and Robby Fabbri has 112 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 85.1 percent of their power play chances. Jake Allen has allowed 100 goals on 1,244 shots faced and Brian Elliott has given up 66 goals on 1,012 shots. Allen has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
The Bruins are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest and 8-3 in their last 11 Friday games. The Blues are 4-0 in their last 4 home games and 43-19 in their last 62 games playing on 2 days rest. The Bruins are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings in St. Louis and 5-17-1 in the last 23 meetings overall.
The Blues are one of the hottest teams in the league right now and have beaten the Bruins in 18 of the last 23 meetings. Add in the fact Boston is limping across the finish line, and you have to like the home team in this spot.