Boston Bruins at St. Louis Blues
|Date & Time||Monday June 3, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
St. Louis, Missouri
The Line: Boston Bruins -110 / St. Louis Blues -110 -- Over/Under: 5.5
The Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues meet Monday in game four of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at the Enterprise Center.
The Boston Bruins can take complete control of this series with another road win and a 3-1 lead. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 35.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrice Bergeron leads Boston with nine goals, Torey Krug has 14 assists and David Pastrnak has 65 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing two goals per game and are killing 86.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 39 goals on 635 shots faced. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in each of their last 16 games.
The St. Louis Blues need a victory here to even up the series and improve their chances of winning the first Stanley Cup in franchise history. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Jaden Schwartz leads St. Louis with 12 goals, Ryan O'Reilly has 13 assists and Vladimir Tarasenko has 76 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 72.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 56 goals on 616 shots and Jake Allen has given up one goal on four shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or less goals in 13 of their last 19 games.
The Bruins are 5-0 in their last 5 road games, 24-8 in their last 32 games playing on 1 days rest and 36-15 in their last 51 overall. The Blues are 4-1 in their last 5 Monday games, 19-8 in their last 27 home games and 37-18 in their last 55 overall. The home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and the favorite is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in St. Louis. The under is 5-1 in Bruins last 6 road games. The over is 5-2 in Blues last 7 overall.
The Boston Bruins have now won five straight games on the road and nine of their last 11 overall. The St. Louis Blues have split their last 10 home games, but they've lost back-to-back home games just three times since January 10. One thing we've learned throughout these playoffs is that there's little carryover from one game to the next, so the Bruins blowing the doors off in game three likely won't impact game four. Binnington has also done a wonderful job of bouncing back in these playoffs, as he hasn't lost back-to-back games since game four and five against the Dallas Stars, and the last four times he's allowed three or more goals, he's followed it up with two or less goals allowed in the very next game. It's the ups and downs of a rookie goaltender. I look for the Blues to put together a better effort and even up this series.