Blues vs. Bruins Prediction
The Stanley Cup Finals will get underway tonight when the St. Louis Blues play at the favored Boston Bruins in Game 1. Will Boston protect its home ice and get the first victory in the best-of-7 series?
Monday, May 27, 2019
TD Garden at 8:08PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Bruins are a -150 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Blues are a +130 underdog, while the total is set at 5 goals. As of Monday afternoon, 66 percent of public bets are siding with host Boston. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Blues roll in Game 6
St. Louis advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1970 Tuesday night as it cruised to a 5-1 victory over San Jose in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. David Perron scored 1:32 into the first period to get the Blues on the board off assists from Sammy Blais and Ryan O'Reilly. Vladimir Tarasenko added a power play goal later in the first on assists by Colton Parayko and O'Reilly. The Sharks trimmed the deficit in half at the 13:20 mark of the second period, but six minutes later Brayden Schenn scored on the power play to make it 3-1. Alex Pietrangelo and Robert Thomas assisted on the goal. Tyler Bozak scored with 13:55 to go in the third period with assists going to Perron and O'Reilly to push the advantage to 4-1. The final goal was scored by Ivan Barbashev on an empty net with 2:15 remaining off an Oskar Sundqvist assist. Jordan Binnington racked up 25 saves on 26 shots in the winning effort.
Bruins sweep past Hurricanes
Boston completed its four-game sweep against Carolina 11 days ago with a 4-0 road win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. After a scoreless first period, David Pastrnak put the Bruins on the board at the 15:04 mark of the second period on the power play off assists from Brad Marchand and Torey Krug. Patrice Bergeron added a power play goal with 1:26 remaining in the second on an assist from Pastrnak to make it 2-0. Bergeron pushed it to 3-0 with 9:28 remaining in the contest on a goal assisted by Pastrnak. Marchand completed the scoring with 2:17 left off assists by Bergeron and David Krejci. Tuukka Rask recorded the shutout as he saved all 24 shots sent his way.
NHL Betting Trends
The Blues are 4-0 in their last four Monday games. St. Louis is 9-2 in its last 11 games as the underdog.
The Bruins are 3-8 in the last 11 home meetings versus the Blues. The favorite is 4-0 in the last four meetings.
The only thing that worries me for the Bruins is the long layoff, but on the flipside that should help them be refreshed and healthier for Game 1 tonight. The Blues will provide a physical challenge, but Rask is playing awesome hockey between the pipes right now and Boston's offense is clicking on all cylinders. The Blues in my opinion have a better shot at taking Game 2 in Boston than they do tonight.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: BOSTON BRUINS -150