Boston Bruins at St. Louis Blues
|Date & Time||Saturday February 23, 2019, 3:59 PM (EST)|
St. Louis, Missouri
The Line: Boston Bruins +115 / St. Louis Blues -139 -- Over/Under: 5.5
The Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues meet Saturday in NHL action at the Enterprise Center.
The Boston Bruins look for another victory to build on their seven-game winning streak. The Boston Bruins are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 26.9 percent of their power play opportunities. David Pastrnak leads Boston with 31 goals, Brad Marchand has 47 assists and David Krejci has 98 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 77 goals on 943 shots faced and Jaroslav Halak has allowed 70 goals on 920 shots. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 11 games.
The St. Louis Blues look for another victory after winning 12 of their last 14 games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 19 percent of their power play opportunities. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with 27 goals, Ryan O'Reilly has 39 assists and Colton Parayko has 144 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Jake Allen has given up 103 goals on 1,039 shots faced and Jordan Binnington has allowed 30 goals on 437 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed a combined seven goals in their last five games.
The Bruins are 5-0 in their last 5 games as an underdog, 5-0 in their last 5 games as a road underdog and 7-0 in their last 7 overall. The Blues are 5-0 in their last 5 games as a home favorite, 7-1 in their last 8 games as a favorite and 5-0 in their last 5 home games. The under is 33-16-2 in Bruins last 51 road games. The under is 5-1 in Blues last 6 home games. The over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in St. Louis.
The Boston Bruins are the hottest team in hockey right now and getting them in the underdog role is hard to pass up, especially when you consider they've won three of the last four meetings against the Blues, which includes a 5-2 beatdown last month. The problem is the St. Louis Blues are not far off in terms of form and have produced four shutouts in their last nine games. In a battle between two red hot teams, I usually give the edge to the home team. This is also an early start, which usually favors the home teams as well. I'll back the Blues and the cheap price.