St. Louis Blues vs. Boston Bruins Free Pick 6/12/19

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Last Updated: 2019-06-12

The St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins face off in a winner-take-all Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The puck drops at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 12, and you can view it live on NBC.

St. Louis Blues vs. Boston Bruins Odds

St. Louis (+150) is entering this one as the underdog to Boston (-170). The Over/Under (O/U) is set at 5 goals and originally opened at -150 for the over and +130 for the under. Those odds have moved since they opened, and they now sit at -145 for the over and +125 for the under.

Boston is 64-41 straight up (SU) and has netted 6.3 units for moneyline bettors this season. That winning percentage, second-best in the league so far in the early season, is right in line with what the team produced during the 2017-18 season (50-32). Out of its 105 regular season contests, 56 of them have gone under the total, while 45 have gone over and just four have pushed. Thus far, the team’s 36-17 SU at home.

The Bruins’ offensive attack attempted 32.7 shots per game in the regular season, leading to 3.2 goals per outing (ranked 11th overall in the NHL). In the playoffs, the club is attempting an average of 32.6 shots on goal 3.4 goals per game.

After producing the third-best power-play unit in the regular season (scoring on 27.6 percent of all chances), the Bruins have been able to score on 33.8 percent of their extra-man advantages in the postseason.

With a .922 save percentage and 26.3 saves per game, Tuukka Rask (42-27-7) has been the top goalkeeper for Boston this year. If head coach Bruce Cassidy decides to rest him, however, Boston may turn to Jaroslav Halak (22-18-18 record, .922 save percentage, 2.34 goals against average).

St. Louis has earned moneyline bettors 5.3 units this year and is currently 60-47 straight up (SU). A total of 53 of its contests have gone under the total, while 47 have gone over and just seven have pushed. The Blues are 30-23 SU as the visiting team this season.

The Blues have scored on 19.9 percent of their power play chances this season, a figure 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 defended 80.0 percent of all opponent power plays.

Jordan Binnington (.920 save percentage and 2.17 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for St. Louis. Binnington is averaging 24.5 saves per game and has 39 wins, 18 losses, and three overtime losses to his credit.

St. Louis Blues at Boston Bruins Free Picks

Prediction: SU Winner – Bruins, O/U – Under

Notes

Betting Notes

For both of these clubs, the over has hit in three of their past five matchups.

Seven of Boston’s last ten games have been decided by two or more goals, and the team is 6-1 overall in those games.

St. Louis skaters notched 23.1 hits per game last season, while the Bruins logged 24.3 hits per contest.

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