Blues vs. Bruins Prediction
The St. Louis Blues blew a multiple-goal lead in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals two nights ago at the Boston Bruins. Can St. Louis rebound with a Game 2 victory tonight to even the best-of-7 series?
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
TD Garden at 8:08PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Bruins are a -165 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Blues are a +145 underdog, while the total is set at 5.5 goals. As of Wednesday morning, 69 percent of public bets are siding with host Boston. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Blues lose two-goal lead
St. Louis led 2-0 in the second period Monday night in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals before giving up four consecutive goals the rest of the way in a 4-2 loss. Brayden Schenn gave the Blues a 1-0 advantage at the 12:37 mark of the first period on a goal assisted by Jaden Schwartz and Jay Bouwmeester. Vladimir Tarasenko pushed the advantage to 2-0 one minute into the second period as Schenn picked up an assist. The Bruins tied it up by the end of the second, while scoring twice in the third period to overtake St. Louis. Jordan Binnington registered 34 saves on 37 shots in the losing effort.
Bruins rally in Game 1
Boston overcame a 2-0 deficit Monday night in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals to defeat St. Louis by a count of 4-2. After falling behind by two goals in the second period, Connor Clifton cut it to 2-1 at the 17:44 mark on a goal assisted by Sean Kuraly and Joakim Nordstrom. Charlie McAvoy scored an unassisted goal on the power play later in the second to tie it at 2-2. Kuraly gave the Bruins a 3-2 advantage with 14:39 left in the third period with assists going to Noel Acciari and Zdeno Chara. Brad Marchand scored an empty-net unassisted goal with 1:49 remaining to ice it. Tuukka Rask accounted for 18 saves on 20 shots to pick up the win.
NHL Betting Trends
The Blues are 9-3 in their last 12 games as an underdog. St. Louis is 7-3 in its last 10 road games.
The favorite is 5-0 in the last five meetings. The Bruins are 81-38 in their last 119 games as a favorite.
Boston had nearly twice as many shots on goal in Game 1 and withstood the early rush by the Blues to notch the key win. Rask settled down after a tough start and wasn't exactly peppered. I don't see the Blues solving the air-tight Bruins defense here and while Biddington was great in the series opener, he can only do so much without a lot of support in front of him.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: ST. LOUIS BLUES +145