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Bruins at Blues | OddsShark Matchup Report
Opening NHL Odds: Blues -120 Favorites
With the Stanley Cup Final tied at 1-1, this is definitely one of the biggest games of the series from a confidence perspective. For the Blues, they are just 5-5 at home this postseason, and they will be trying to become just the second team to beat the Bruins two straight times. The Columbus Blue Jackets were the first, and Boston responded to its first and only two-game playoff skid by reeling off eight wins in a row, with that streak ending in Game 2 as a -170 home favorite.
For the Bruins, they have found a way to rebound with a victory after four of their previous five losses, and they would love nothing more than to bounce back in this spot on the road. Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask has done his best work away from home, posting shutouts at Columbus and the Carolina Hurricanes to close out each of the last two rounds, and he has surrendered just two goals combined in his past four road games.
St. Louis counterpart Jordan Binnington has been solid between the pipes overall, but he is still a rookie, and he has been unable to string together a similar run of consistent success like Rask. Binnington has been brilliant at times and then disappoints, so this is a huge game for him as well.
The UNDER has cashed in three of the last four games for the Bruins and is 5-0 in their past five road games, according to the OddsShark NHL Database, and Monday’s 3-2 overtime win for the Blues as +150 road underdogs made oddsmakers adjust the total down from 5.5 to 5 juiced to the OVER at -145.
That means sportsbooks are charging more of a premium to bettors who think it will be a high-scoring affair, and the OVER is 5-3 in the previous eight for St. Louis, including 2-1 in three home games during that stretch. However, Boston is a much better defensive team than the San Jose Sharks, the losing team in the Western Conference Final.
The biggest challenge for the Bruins will be the continued physical play of the Blues, who were able to wear down the Sharks in beating them in six games.