Bruins Hold a 2-1 Series Edge over Blues
This year’s Stanley Cup Finals moves to St. Louis for Monday’s Game 4 with the Boston Bruins holding the 2-1 series edge. The Blues have been opened as -120 home favorites for the 8 p.m. start on NBC. BetAnySports online sportsbook has set the total line for this game at 5.5 goals.
Boston regained the series edge with Saturday’s 7-2 road win as a even-money +100 underdog. This followed a 4-2 win at home in Game 1 as a -165 favorite. The Bruins lost the next game at home 3-2 in overtime as -170 favorites on BetAnySports’ closing line. The total has gone OVER in two of the first three games. The loss in Game 2 was their only setback in their last 10 postseason games.
Led by Patrice Bergeron’s goal and two assists on Saturday, Boston stormed out to a 4-0 lead early in the second period that it never relinquished. He continues to lead the team in postseason goals with nine. Both Brad Marchand and David Pastmak have tallied eight goals in 20 playoff games this season. The Bruins are averaging 3.5 goals a game. Tuukka Rask has gone the distance in goal and his goals-against average in those 20 starts is just 1.91 with a stellar .939 save percentage.
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St. Louis went down two games to one in its last series against San Jose before winning the next three games by a combined score of 12-2. It will need to find a way to keep Boston off the scoreboard this Monday night to get that much needed win at home in Game 4. The Blues are 5-6 at home in 11 playoff games. The total has gone OVER in three of their last four home games.
Blues’ goalie Jordan Binnington was pulled in the second period of Game 3 after allowing five goals on 19 shots. In his place, Jake Allen gave up one goal on the four shots on goal he faced. Left winger Jaden Schwartz has been the top goal scorer for St. Louis in the postseason with 12 goals. He also leads the team in total points (18). Vladimir Tarasenko is second on the list with 10 goals in 22 playoff games, but neither player tallied a score in Saturday’s lopsided loss.
Boston brings some solid momentum into Game 4 coming off Saturday’s dominating performance. I still think that the Blues find a way to get the win at home to even the series at two games apiece.
NHL Stanley Cup Finals Betting Odds & Trends
|Boston is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
|Boston is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
|Boston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
|Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston’s last 6 games on the road
|Boston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing St. Louis
|Boston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
|The total has gone OVER in 7 of Boston’s last 10 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
|St. Louis Blues
|St. Louis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of St. Louis’s last 9 games
|St. Louis is 1-11 ATS in its last 12 games at home
|St. Louis is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games at home
|St. Louis is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Boston
|St. Louis is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Boston
|The total has gone OVER in 7 of St. Louis’s last 10 games when playing at home against Boston
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