Boston Bruins at St. Louis Blues
|Date & Time||Sunday June 9, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
St. Louis, Missouri
The Line: Boston Bruins +108 / St. Louis Blues -130 -- Over/Under: 5
The Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues meet Sunday in game six of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at the Enterprise Center.
The Boston Bruins need a victory here to save their season and force a game seven on Wednesday. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 33.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrice Bergeron leads Boston with nine goals, Torey Krug has 15 assists and David Pastrnak has 75 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing two goals per game and are killing 87.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 44 goals on 693 shots faced. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in 17 of their last 18 games.
The St. Louis Blues will become Stanley Cup Champions for the first time in franchise history with a victory here. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 17.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Jaden Schwartz leads St. Louis with 12 goals, Ryan O'Reilly has 14 assists and Vladimir Tarasenko has 85 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 59 goals on 678 shots and Jake Allen has given up one goal on four shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or less goals in 15 of their last 21 games.
The favorite is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. The over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in St. Louis.
The Boston Bruins have won four straight as a road underdog and eight of their last 10, so this is certainly a winnable game. The Bruins are also an experienced bunch that's been here before, most recently needing to win game six and seven to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round. The Bruins won't be scared of the moment. The St. Louis Blues have won 13 of their last 19 games as a home favorite, but all six of those losses have come during these playoffs. For me, this game comes down to the Blues controlling the tempo and pace of this series and being the more physical team. Game five was the first time this series the Bruins led in hits, and even with 18 more shots, they still lost controversial call at the end or not. The Blues have been relentless these past few games and are slamming anybody and everybody in a yellow jersey who touches the puck. It's completely flipped this series on its head and I see the Blues doing just enough to win their first ever cup.
If this is the end of the season, see you guys again in a few months.