Boston Bruins at St. Louis Blues
|Date & Time||Saturday June 1, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
St. Louis, Missouri
The Line: Boston Bruins +100 / St. Louis Blues -120 -- Over/Under: 5
The Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues meet Saturday in game three of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at the Enterprise Center.
The Boston Bruins look to retake the series lead and avoid back-to-back losses for the first time since game two and three against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 31.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrice Bergeron leads Boston with eight goals, Brad Marchand has 11 assists and David Pastrnak has 60 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing two goals per game and are killing 87.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 37 goals on 606 shots faced. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in each of their last 15 games.
The St. Louis Blues look to grab their second ever win in a Stanley Cup Final while taking a 2-1 series lead. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 17.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Jaden Schwartz leads St. Louis with 12 goals, Ryan O'Reilly has 12 assists and Vladimir Tarasenko has 70 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 78.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 51 goals on 597 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or less goals in 13 of their last 18 games.
The Bruins are 5-1 in their last 6 games as an underdog, 5-1 in their last 6 games as a road underdog and 26-8 in their last 34 games playing on 2 days rest. The Blues are 18-7 in their last 25 games as a home favorite, 19-7 in their last 26 home games and 37-17 in their last 54 overall. The home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the favorite is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The under is 5-0 in Bruins last 5 road games. The over is 5-2 in Blues last 7 overall.
The Boston Bruins are still the better team in this series and finally losing a game shouldn't scare anybody away. The Bruins have also won seven of their last nine road games as an underdog, so changing venues doesn't rattle this experienced bunch. However, there is something to be said about the St. Louis Blues absolutely dominating the Bruins in game two, which includes 37 shots to 23 and getting off 50 hits and five penalties. The Blues were once again the aggressor and simply outmuscled the Bruins at their own game. In overtime, the Bruins couldn't get anything going offensively and were just manhandled. If it weren't for a poor third period in game one, the Blues are sitting pretty with a 2-0 lead and likely bringing the cup to the Show-Me State. I understand if you see value in the Bruins and the even money, but I'm highly impressed with what the Blues did in game two. I'll lay the cheap price with the home team.