Boston Bruins at St. Louis Blues Free Pick 6/1/19

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Last Updated: 2019-06-01

The Boston Bruins and the St. Louis Blues are set to battle at the Enterprise Center in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. NBC Sports Network will air this East-West matchup, and the action gets going at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 1.

Boston Bruins at St. Louis Blues Odds

Playing the role of favorite will be St. Louis (-120), whereas Boston is a dog offering moneyline odds of +100, and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 5 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -145 for the over and +125 for the under.

Boston is 62-39 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 6.8 units this year. 55 of its contests have gone under the total, while 42 have gone over and just four have pushed. This 2018-19 Bruins team is 26-23 SU on the road.

The Bruins’ offensive skaters attempted 32.8 shots per game in the regular season, leading to 3.2 goals per outing (ranked 11th overall in the NHL). In the playoffs, the team’s maintaining an average of 33.3 shots on goal ( 3.3 goals per game).

After accounting for the third-strongest power-play unit in the regular season (converting 27.0 percent of all opportunities), the Bruins have connected on 31.7 percent of their extra-man advantages in the postseason.

With a .921 save percentage and 26.2 saves per game, Tuukka Rask (40-25-7) has been the top option in goal for Boston this season. If it chooses to rest him, however, Boston could turn to Jaroslav Halak (22-18-4 record, .922 save percentage, 2.34 goals against average).

Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak will both spearhead the attack for the visiting Bruins. Marchand (119 points) is up to 44 goals and 75 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 37 different games. Pastrnak has 45 goals and 52 assists to his credit (and has notched at least one point in 53 games).

On the other bench, St. Louis is 58-45 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 5.3 units this season. 52 of its games have gone under the total, while 44 have gone over and just seven have pushed. It’s 29-22 SU as the home team this season.

The Blues have converted on 20.4 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s good enough for eighth-best in the league. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked ninth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.0 percent of all penalties.

The Blues have been penalized only 3.3 times per game this season, and 1.6 per game over their last five home outings. The team has had to kill penalties just 7.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Jordan Binnington (24.4 saves per game) has been the top choice in goal for the Blues. Binnington has 37 wins, 16 losses, and three OT losses to his name and has recorded a .922 save percentage and a solid 2.08 goals against average this year.

Ryan O’Reilly (31 goals, 61 assists) will pace the attack for the home team.

Boston Bruins at St. Louis Blues Betting Picks

Pick: SU Winner – Blues, O/U – Over

Notes

Betting Notes

For both of these teams, the game went under the total in three of their last five matchups.

Six of Boston’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 6-0 in those games.

Boston skaters recorded 24.3 hits per game last season, while the Blue Notes logged 23.1 hits per contest.

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