Boston Bruins (2-3) at St. Louis Blues (3-2)
NHL Hockey: Sunday June 9th 2019 at 8:20 PM EDT (Enterprise Center)
Lines and Odds: St. Louis Blues -126
Moneyline: BOS: +105 STL: -116
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Well not too many people saw this coming when this series started. The St. Louis Blues are one win away from winning their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. It has been a very unpredictable series and it really shows now that the Blues are up 3-2 in the series. Boston controlled the play in the first three games and dominated Games 1 and 3. Game 2 was an evenly matched game, but the Bruins just failed to put the puck in the net, on some point blank chances. The last two games have been controlled by the Blues. They are doing what you have to do in the playoffs to finish off the title run and that’s never trail. St. Louis has scored the first goal in the last two games, took back some of their physical game, Binnington found his stride again, and this team is blocking shots more. The Blues will continue this recipe in Game 6 and most likely hoist Lord Stanley at home. Game 6 starting goalies are Tuukka Rask vs Jordan Binnington.
The last time the Bruins were down 3-2 in these playoffs was against the Toronto Maple Leafs in round 1. Boston won Game 6, 4-2, and then took care of business at home with a 5-1 win in Game 7. When the Bruins won the cup back in 2011, they were down 3-2 against the Vancouver Canucks, who were on the verge of winning their first cup. Boston won Game 6 at home 5-2, and then a dominating 4-0 win on the road. The point is, Boston is one of the toughest teams to beat with their backs against the wall. Rask seems to play his best in these scenarios, the top line shines, and a depth scorer gets the big goal. In Game 5, the Bruins played well, but didn’t finish off their scoring chances. They outshot the Blues 39-21 and even outhit them 43-34. Boston even had 3 power play chances and the man advantage has lost its edge since Game 3. The luck didn’t go their way for once as a big non tripping call led to the Blues game winning goal. They have to play until the whistle goes and find a way to get the job done when there is no tomorrow with a loss, only golf season.
If the Blues win Game 6, it will be one of the best stories to get to Lord Stanley’s Cup. St. Louis was in last place in January, play winning hockey from there, had a late come from behind series win against the Dallas Stars in Round 2, and now on the verge of beating the heavy favored Bruins. This franchise made it to the Stanley Cup Final each of the first three years of existence and got swept in all three. Some people thought that the Bruins would continue that trend in this series, but instead, the Blues are ready to play the music of victory. In a late playoff run, you have to be able to change the tide when things aren’t going your way. St. Louis played through the hand pass game against the San Jose Sharks and won with physical play, and heart. They had a wake up call loss in Game 3 of this series when they lost 7-2. Its sometimes a blessing in disguise to have those types of games because most likely you will play ten times better the next game and mistakes will hardly be there. That’s what has happened in this series. Blues have controlled the tempo, the score, and Binnington is back to being the spark that he was during the second half of the season. Even though the Blues have been a coin flip at home during these playoffs, they have closed out every series at home.
NHL Playoffs Boston Bruins vs St. Louis Blues
So, who will win Game 6? The Bruins are very capable of forcing a Game 7. They did it against a cup hungry Toronto Maple Leafs team and they can do it again. The Bruins great play increased from that series on and they haven’t had too many close games until they met these Blues. St. Louis is 3-0 in close out games and they all came at home. That number alone is a great trend. Also, the Blues held the Bruins to one goal and that hasn’t happened to Boston since Game 3 of the Columbus Blue Jackets series. From there, the Bruins scored 3 goals or more and won 3 straight games to move on to the East Final. Boston won’t go quietly and this game will be probably like Game 4. Back and forth scoring for the first two periods and Ryan O’Reilly gets the game winning goal in the third. Blues win 3-2.
Pick: St. Louis Blues -116