by OddsShark (@OddsShark)
Bruins at Blues | OddsShark Matchup Report
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Boston seized back control of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final on Saturday with a 7-2 rout of St. Louis as a +100 road underdog in Game 3. The Bruins now lead the best-of-seven championship series 2-1 and have successfully rebounded from a loss five times in six tries this postseason.
The Bruins jumped out to a quick 3-0 advantage at the end of the first period and tacked on two goals in both the second and third as well with seven different scorers overall. Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask was up to the task yet again on the road, as he has allowed just four goals combined in his last five games away from home after making 27 saves in Game 3.
Meanwhile, rookie goalie Jordan Binnington struggled mightily for the Blues, surrendering five goals on 19 shots before getting pulled for the first time in his young career. Veteran backup Jake Allen replaced Binnington and stopped three of four shots in relief.
The OVER cashed for the first time in six road games for the Bruins, which ironically was the first time in this series that the total was set at 5 rather than 5.5. The OVER is 2-1 through the first three games of the Stanley Cup Final, according to the OddsShark NHL Database, and 6-3 in the last nine games for St. Louis overall, including 3-1 in the team’s past four home games.
Despite those recent trends, the Blues have enjoyed much more success in lower-scoring affairs, going 9-2 in the 11 games they have played when there are five goals or less with the UNDER going 9-0-2. They are riding a four-game winning streak when the UNDER cashes.
The key for St. Louis here will be whether or not the defense can hold Boston’s offense in check, with Binnington’s ability to bounce back severely tested. He has suffered consecutive losses only twice in the playoffs, and his teammates desperately need him to perform well in this spot.
The Blues trailed the San Jose Sharks 2-1 after the first three games of the Western Conference Final and then won four straight, so this is almost another must-win situation.
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