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Blues at Bruins | OddsShark Matchup Report
Opening NHL Odds: Bruins -170 Favorites
The Bruins picked up where they left off in the Eastern Conference Final, shaking off rust from an 11-day layoff and showing resilience in defending home ice en route to a 4-2 victory against the Blues in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday.
Boston rallied back from an early 2-0 deficit at TD Garden very similar to the team’s comeback after trailing the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final, playing at its best in the second and third periods to win as a -165 home favorite. The Bruins covered the puckline as well with an empty-net goal by Brad Marchand at the 18:11 mark of the third, his team-leading eighth of the playoffs.
In addition, that empty-netter enabled the OVER to cash for the fourth straight time in Boston while also improving to 5-1-1 in the last seven games for St. Louis on the road.
The Blues got off to a solid start with goals by Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko to take the lead, but the Bruins were relentless offensively in peppering rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington with 37 shots, outshooting them 30-12 in the last two periods alone. But bettors should remember that St. Louis lost Game 1 of the Western Conference Final 6-3 on the road to the San Jose Sharks too and trailed that series 2-1 before reeling off three consecutive wins by outscoring them 12-2.
Binnington has been outstanding with a chance to rebound this postseason, dropping back-to-back games only twice, while the Blues are also still 7-3 away from home during their current playoff run despite losing in this series opener. They have not lost two in a row on the road during that stretch.
However, Boston goalie Tuukka Rask earned his eighth consecutive victory since losing two straight games to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round, and he remains the favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP. Rask faced just 20 shots overall in Game 1 but was great for the last 39 minutes after allowing Tarasenko’s goal one minute into the second period.