Last Updated: 2019-05-29
Coming into tonight’s matchup with seven wins apiece in the series St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins square off at TD Garden in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals. This East-West matchup will get underway at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 29 and it can be watched live on NBC Sports Network.
St. Louis Blues at Boston Bruins Odds
With a -170 moneyline, Boston heads into the game as the obvious favorite. The line for St. Louis sits at +150, and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The odds for betting that total stand at -140 for the under and +120 for the over.
Boston is 62-38 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 8.5 units this season. That winning percentage, ranked second in the league in this young season, is right in line with the 50-32 record the team produced during last year’s regular season campaign. Out of its 100 regular season contests, 54 of them have gone under the total, while 42 have gone over and just four have pushed. The team’s 36-15 SU at home this year.
After accounting for the third-strongest power-play unit in the regular season (finding net on 27.1 percent of all chances), the Bruins have been able to score on 32.7 percent of their power plays in the postseason.
The Bruins’ offensive skaters attempted 32.9 shots per game in the regular season, resulting in 3.2 goals per contest (ranked 11th overall in the NHL). In the playoffs, the club is attempting an average of 33.8 shots on goal 3.4 goals per game.
With a .921 save percentage and 26.1 saves per game, Tuukka Rask (40-24-6) has been the most dependable goalkeeper for Boston this season. If head coach Bruce Cassidy decides to give him the night off, however, Boston may roll with Jaroslav Halak (22-18-18 record, .922 save percentage, 2.34 goals against average).
Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak will each be focal points for the Bruins. Marchand (119 points) has tallied 44 goals and 75 assists and has recorded two or more points in 37 different games this year. Pastrnak has 45 goals and 51 assists to his name and has recorded at least one point in 53 contests.
Over on the other bench, St. Louis is 57-45 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 3.9 units this season. A total of 51 of its games have gone under the total, while 44 have gone over and just seven have pushed. The Blues are 28-23 SU as the away team this season.
The Blues have converted on 20.6 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s good enough for eighth-best in the league. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked ninth overall and it’s successfully killed off 81.0 percent of all opponent power plays.
St. Louis’ players have been called for penalties 3.3 times per game in total this season, 2.8 per game over their past five match ups total, and 3.8 per game over their last five road outings. The team’s had to kill penalties just 6.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Jordan Binnington (24.5 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for St. Louis. Binnington has 36 wins, 16 losses, and three OT losses to his credit, while registering a .922 save percentage and 2.09 goals against average this year.
For the visiting Blues, a lot of the offense will be facilitated through Ryan O’Reilly, who has 60 assists and 31 goals this year.
St. Louis Blues vs. Boston Bruins Betting Predictions
Free NHL Tip: SU Winner – Bruins, O/U – Under
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Six of Boston’s last ten contests have been decided by two or more goals. The team is 6-0 overall in those games.
Power-play chances could prove to be even more critical than usual in tonight’s game. The Blues are 30-23 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 43-30 when they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes. The Bruins are 30-17 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 44-25 when their penalty minutes are in the single digits.
St. Louis is 3-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while Boston is 2-3 in shootouts.
The over has hit in three of the past five games for each of these teams.
One of the best teams when it comes to possession and valuing the puck, St. Louis is ranked third this season with just 7.9 giveaways per game. That figure’s trended higher lately, as the team’s averaged 11.3 giveaways over its last 10 games and 9.8 giveaways over its last five.
Boston has averaged 9.2 giveaways over its last five home games, its season average of 9.8 giveaways per game (ranked 13th in the NHL).