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Boston Bruins vs. St. Louis Blues - 1/17/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
St. Louis Blues at Boston Bruins
Date & Time Thursday January 17, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
TD Garden
Boston, Massachusetts
The Line
The Line: St. Louis Blues +148 / Boston Bruins -180 -- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
NESN, FSMW
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The St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins meet Thursday in NHL action at the TD Garden.

The St. Louis Blues look for another victory after winning five of their last eight games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 19.6 percent of their power play opportunities. David Perron leads St. Louis with 17 goals, Ryan O'Reilly has 29 assists and Vladimir Tarasenko has 159 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing three goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Jake Allen has given up 95 goals on 937 shots faced and Jordan Binnington has allowed eight goals on 126 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or less goals in each of their last six games.

The Boston Bruins could use a win here after losing three of their last four games. The Boston Bruins are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 27.9 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 26 goals, Brad Marchand has 32 assists and Patrice Bergeron has 95 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 56 goals on 694 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 55 goals on 723 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or more goals in four of their last eight games.

The Blues are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games. The Bruins are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest, 38-15 in their last 53 home games and 6-2 in their last 8 overall. The Blues are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Boston and 19-8-1 in the last 28 meetings. The under is 4-0-1 in Bruins last 5 overall. The under is 6-0 in Blues last 6 overall.

The St. Louis Blues have won six of the last 10 meetings against the Boston Bruins and have a rest advantage in this spot. The problem is the Bruins are coming off a couple of frustrating losses, including their contest last night against the Philadelphia Flyers. We've seen the Bruins bounce back in spots like this, and they're still one of the better home teams in the league. I like the Bruins to buckle down defensively and grind out a solid home win to kind of get back on track. 

Pick:
Boston Bruins -180

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