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Boston Bruins vs. St. Louis Blues 6-3-2019 Free NHL Expert Picks, Predictions and Odds

Boston Bruins (2-1) at St. Louis Blues (1-2)

NHL Playoff Hockey: Monday, June 3, 2019 (Enterprise Arena)

Line and Odds: St. Louis Blues -120

Over/Under: 5.5


  Oh Blues, I feel your pain. You were leveled worse than any other playoff game this year and it was during a game that was meant to be a celebration to you and your fans. Boston burned your Hockey team to the ground like the Empire encroaching on Hoth. I felt sorry for you but when you play like that, it makes it hard for me to believe the curse that your franchise continues to succumb to will die this year.

     We can all hope.

     The bottom line is that game three must serve as a wake up call for the St. Louis Blues, a team that’s been able to overcome every obstacle up to this point. I’m hopeful and confidant they’ll play better in game four but winning that game is an entirely different story. In order for a win to happen, Jordan Binnington cannot become a coalmine.

     The Bruin power-play is too strong for any team and they play a style that draws a lot of power plays. The Blues must be in control of their emotions in this game. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and thinking the outcome will be different. If the Blues are walking into game four with the same preparation they did in game three…I fear for them.

     The Bruins were too dominant in game three. I’ve never seen anything like it. They went into that town and handed them a spanking they haven’t felt perhaps ever. The Blues did it to themselves, giving Boston power-play after power-play but the question I have is did the Bruins over do it? Did they really need to go for that power play goal? I say you do that if you’re about to win the closing game, not game three.

     You can say a lot more by holding down the fort with five goals. Then again, those five may convince the Blues that Jake Allen should start in game four. Blues, the kid Binnington had one bad game. Don’t blame him for actions that were done by the team as a whole. Trouble is the city is mad and if they don’t win game four…

     I’m nowhere near as confident in the Blues as I was during game two. This game got away from them with less than ten seconds left in the first period. I thought the call was borderline but one can either be made or broken by such a call. The Blues failed in their efforts but I give them props for trying.

     Back to the drawing board.


     Heading into game four, I’ll have to say the Bruins have this one too. The Blues looked so shaky in game three that it makes me wonder if they have what it takes to regroup in game four. One would think I’d be betting on St. Louis to comeback as they have throughout this playoff but to lay that kind of an egg…

     On the flip side, perhaps game three is the best possible thing that happens to the Blues. They’re embarrassed, perhaps even going to the Doctor with anal pain complaints. They have a chance to settle the score and send this series back to Boston tied. They know what will happen if they don’t. The sun is rising on the Dracula of Hockey. It’s only a matter of time before the Vamps turn to a memory when that occurs.

    Yet, I feel the Bruins will continue to flash their crosses and wear their garlic. I fear that game three is merely a sign of what’s coming tonight and I hope the people of St. Louis don’t have to watch another performance like that again from their Blues.