Boston Bruins vs St. Louis Blues Game 3
Money Line: Boston-105/St. Louis-117
Puck Line: Boston-286/St. Louis+240
The St. Louis Blues managed to tie the series up at one game apiece with a 3-2 OT win back on Wednesday. The Bruins and Blues went back and forth in the first period to end up tied 2-2 at the first intermission. After two scoreless periods, the Blues managed to get a goal in OT to get the victory. The Blues now head home with the home-ice advantage.
The Blues were the more physical team in Game 2, with 50 hits to the Bruins 33. St. Louis was 0-3 on the power play while the Bruins went 1-5, scoring a power play goal in six straight games (second-longest postseason streak in franchise history).
The Blues will be without Oskar Sundqvist in Game 3 after an elbow to the back of the head on Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk. Sundqvist is tied for the team lead in plus-minus during the postseason.
This is the first Blues home Stanley Cup Final game since 1970, so the crowd should be electric. However, the Bruins will be looking for revenge for the hit on Grzelcyk, so expect the beginning of this game to be very physical. Even in the loss, Tuukka Rask still made 34 saves and played great for most of the game. Blues goalie Jordan Binnington has a decent game himself, turning away 21 shots in the victory.
Sundqvist is a big penalty killer for the Blues. Without him in the lineup tonight, the Bruins will have an even bigger advantage on power plays. The Bruins have been hot on the power play and should have a great chance to get another goal on one in this game. Both goalies have played well in this series, and the same should continue today. Tonight’s game should be physical and low scoring. The Bruins are 6-2 on the road this postseason, so the St. Louis crowd won’t bother them. Rask will have the better day among the goalies and the Bruins will steal one back from the Blues in a tight low-scoring game.
Boston Bruins vs St. Louis Blues Game Prediction
Boston 2 – St. Louis 1
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Boston’s last 12 games.
Boston is 11-3 SU in their last 14 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston’s last 5 road games.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis’ last six games against Boston.