St. Louis Blues at Boston Bruins
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 29, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: St. Louis Blues +149 / Boston Bruins -165 -- Over/Under: 5.5
The St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins meet Wednesday in game two of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at the TD Garden.
The St. Louis Blues have another chance to steal home ice advantage while tying up this series at 1-1. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Jaden Schwartz leads St. Louis with 12 goals, Alex Pietrangelo has 11 assists and Vladimir Tarasenko has 66 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 78.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 49 goals on 574 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or less goals in 12 of their last 17 games.
The Boston Bruins look for a ninth straight victory while taking a commanding 2-0 series lead. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 32.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrice Bergeron leads Boston with eight goals, Brad Marchand has 11 assists and David Pastrnak has 58 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 1.9 goals per game and are killing 86.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 34 goals on 569 shots faced. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in each of their last 14 games.
The Blues are 9-3 in their last 12 games as an underdog, 8-3 in their last 11 games as a road underdog and 37-18 in their last 55 games playing on 1 days rest. The Bruins are 5-0 in their last 5 playoff games as a favorite, 24-7 in their last 31 games playing on 1 days rest and 58-23 in their last 81 home games. The favorite is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings and the home team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Blues last 7 overall. The over is 4-0 in Bruins last 4 home games.
The St. Louis Blues had their chances to steal game one by going up 2-0 early in the second period, and they let the lead slip away by giving up four unanswered goals. There's something about giving up road wins that doesn't sit well with me, as it's hard enough to win on the road as it is. It's fair to question if the Blues will get a similar opportunity in this contest. The Boston Bruins are simply finding ways to win, as they haven't lost since game three in the second round against Columbus, and they're winning by an average of 2.6 goals during this eight-game winning streak. The Boston Bruins have also won 19 of their last 24 games as a home favorite, a stretch that dates back to February 5. A wise man once said if it's not broken, don't fix it. We've backed the Bruins a ton these playoffs and there's no reason to back out now.