by OddsShark (@OddsShark)
Blues at Bruins | OddsShark Matchup Report
Opening NHL Odds: Bruins -165 Favorites
In the first Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final since 2011, the Bruins will attempt to hoist the trophy at home – something they managed to do on the road the last time the NHL’s championship series went the distance.
Boston has never hosted a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final, and the team’s last title was won in Vancouver thanks to Conn Smythe Trophy winner Tim Thomas, who was stellar between the pipes most of that postseason.
Tuukka Rask was the backup goaltender behind Thomas that year, and he has shined in these playoffs, putting himself back in position to win the Conn Smythe with an outstanding effort in Game 6 on Sunday. Rask stopped 28 of 29 shots in a 5-1 victory at St. Louis, helping his team cash as a -105 road underdog. He had surrendered two goals or more in each of the previous five games.
Scoring was not an issue for the Bruins in Game 6, with five different players tallying a goal, including rookie Karson Kuhlman, who became the 21st different player on the team to score overall in the postseason to tie a league record.
Meanwhile, the Blues are hoping to find a way to come through yet again away from home in this spot after taking two of the first three games played at TD Garden. St. Louis is 9-3 on the road in the playoffs but had clinched the previous three series at home, so this will definitely be a new challenge. One thing the Blues would love is a lower-scoring affair, which means their rookie goalie Jordan Binnington is giving them a chance to win. Binnington was disappointing in Game 6, but he has performed better on the road for whatever reason.
The betting trends do not lie either, as St. Louis has gone 14-2 in its last 16 games when there are five goals or less scored, with the UNDER going 14-0-2. Boston may prefer Game 7 to be higher-scoring, with a 9-1 mark in its last 10 that have gone OVER.
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