St. Louis Blues (2-2) at Boston Bruins (2-2)
NHL Hockey: Thursday June 6th 2019 at 8:05 PM EDT (TD Garden)
Lines and Odds: Boston Bruins -155
Moneyline: STL: +135 BOS: -160
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Once again the St. Louis Blues respond after an ugly 7-2 loss in Game 3. The Blues had the same effort as they did in Game 2. They played with a chip on their shoulder from the opening face off and on. The blue notes did what they had to do when down midway through a series and that is never trail in the game, control the tempo, and get scoring from your top guys. Despite all these good things, it still was a close game with the Bruins because of Bostons ability to block shots in those golden scoring chances. Boston had a few good surges of energy, but they were mostly on their heels in Game 4. Now that it’s a best of three, look for both sides to play like it’s a Game 7 and by the looks of things, this series will probably go the distance. The starters for Game 5 are Jordan Binnington vs Tuukka Rask.
The Blues have been the definition of persistence in their 2019 Stanley Cup run. They have been down in each of the last three rounds of this postseason run and have found a way to turn it around. It’s the same comeback type of effort every time. The Blues physical play steps up, even though it doesn’t really need to, they control the puck, never trail in the game, and the stars come out. Ryan O’Reilly scored 43 seconds into the game and ended up getting the game winner midway through the third, on a nifty rebound goal. Vladimir Tarasenko scores as well, after seeing his point streak end in Game 3. Above all, the Blues were more disciplined and didn’t give up any power play goals. They did give up a big short handed goal, when they swarming the Bruins for a bigger lead, but even then, they were focused. The same effort will give them a road win. Score early, silence the crowd, score a power play goal for once, and make a statement like they did against the San Jose Sharks in the West Final.
The Bruins are still the favorites to win this series. The Blues have definitely made Boston sweat a little bit, but St. Louis has had to play nearly perfect to win in overtime in Game 2, and score in the last 10 minutes of Game 4. Both of these games, the Bruins were chasing the Blues. In Game 2, Boston did have two leads, but at times it looked like the Blues had the edge and better scoring chances. In Game 4, the Bruins were good enough to escape some Blues onslaughts and they even had a chance to seize momentum and steal the game. When Brandon Carlo scored a shorthanded goal for Boston, the tide slightly went towards the Bs. However, this time around, the Bruins couldn’t steal the advantage. Boston is still doing a good job in the blocked shots department, winning that statistic 15-7. They did lose in takeaways, giveaways, and were outshot 38-23. Zdeno Chara also broke his jaw in this game and maybe the Bruins will have an extra edge to their game as it is now a best of three.
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So, who will win Game 5? It’s been a back and forth series. Every game is different and this series has shown that momentum doesn’t exist in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Twice the Bruins have dominated and twice the Blues have responded with a solid effort to get the job done. Look for an unlikely source to come up big in this game because when a series goes deep, you have to always expect the unexpected when it gets down to crunch time. This will be a hard fought game, with back and forth scoring. Bruins will win 4-3.
Pick: Boston Bruins -160