NHL | St. Louis Blues at Boston Bruins
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The St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins meet Monday in game one of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals at the TD Garden.
The St. Louis Blues will play their first game in six days after beating the San Jose Sharks in six games. The St. Louis Blues are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Jaden Schwartz leads St. Louis with 12 goals, Alex Pietrangelo has 11 assists and Vladimir Tarasenko has 64 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 78 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed 46 goals on 537 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or less goals in 12 of their last 16 games.
The Boston Bruins will play their first game in 11 days after sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes. The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 34 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrice Bergeron leads Boston with eight goals, Brad Marchand has 11 assists and David Pastrnak has 54 shots on goal. Defensively, the Boston Bruins are allowing 1.9 goals per game and are killing 86.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Tuukka Rask has given up 32 goals on 549 shots faced. The Boston Bruins have allowed three or less goals in each of their last 13 games.
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The St. Louis Blues have won eight of their last 10 games as an underdog and are riding an emotional high considering this franchise hasn't made the finals in decades, so they're certainly worth a look with the plus money. The Boston Bruins have won seven of their last nine games as a favorite and are rally tough to bet against with them riding a seven-game winning streak. The Bruins are winning by an average of 2.5 goals during this winning streak and nine of their 12 wins these playoffs overall have been won by at least two goals. The Bruins have really separated themselves from the rest of the pack by a wide margin, and I find it difficult to hop off what's worked these past few weeks. Give me the Bruins to steal game one.