Last Updated: 2019-06-06
The St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins are set to battle at TD Garden in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. This East-West matchup gets going at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 6 and it’s being televised live on NBC.
St. Louis Blues vs. Boston Bruins Odds
Boston comes into the game as the substantial favorite with a -150 moneyline. The line for St. Louis sits at +130, and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals. The odds for betting the total stand at -145 under, +125 over.
Boston is 63-40 straight up (SU) and has earned 6.8 units for moneyline bettors this season. That winning percentage, second-strongest in the league so far this season, hasn’t moved much from what the team managed during the 2017-18 season (50-32). 55 of its 103 contests have gone under the total, while 44 have gone over and just four have pushed. The team’s 36-16 SU at home this year.
Following a regular season where they scored on 27.8 percent of all power-play opportunities (the third-best), the Bruins have been able to score on 34.8 percent of their power plays in the postseason.
The Bruins’ offense attempted 32.6 shots per game in the regular season, leading to 3.2 goals per contest (ranked 11th overall in the NHL). In the playoffs, the team’s managing an average of 32.3 shots on goal ( 3.4 goals per game).
Averaging 26.4 saves per game with a .921 save percentage, Tuukka Rask (41 wins, 26 losses, and seven OT losses) has been the principal option in goal for Boston this season. If the Bruins choose to give him a rest, however, head coach Bruce Cassidy might roll with Jaroslav Halak (22-18-18 record, .922 save percentage, 2.34 goals against average).
Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak will each lead the offensive attack for the Bruins. Marchand (121 points) is up to 44 goals and 77 assists and has recorded two or more points on 37 separate occasions this year. Pastrnak has 46 goals and 52 assists to his name and has notched at least one point in 55 games.
St. Louis has earned moneyline bettors 5.1 units this season and is currently 59-46 straight up (SU). Through 105 regular season matches, 52 of its games have gone under the total, while 46 have gone over and just seven have pushed. As the road team, the Blues are 29-23 SU.
The Blues have converted on 20.2 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked ninth overall and it’s successfully killed off 80.0 percent of all penalties.
St. Louis’ players have been whistled for penalties 3.3 times per game this season, and 4.2 per game over their last five road outings. The team has had to kill penalties just 8.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Jordan Binnington (2.15 goals against average and .919 save percentage) has been the main option in goal for St. Louis. Binnington is averaging 24.2 saves per game and owns a 38-17-3 record.
For the visiting Blues, a lot of the offense will run through Ryan O’Reilly, who has 62 assists and 33 goals this year.
St. Louis Blues vs. Boston Bruins Betting Predictions
Prediction: SU Winner – Bruins, O/U – Under
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For both of these clubs, the over has hit in three of their last five outings.
Seven of Boston’s last ten games have been decided by two or more goals, and the club is 6-1 overall in those games.
St. Louis skaters created 23.1 hits per game last season, while the Bruins posted 24.3 hits per contest.