The Boston Bruins (46-24-5) have a difficult task at hand Tuesday night as they get set to take on the St. Louis Blues (46-20-10), one of the hottest teams in the NHL. These teams faced each other seven days ago and St. Louis walked away with two points on the road. The Bruins vs Blues prediction will break down a rematch of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final as the Blues look for a 10th straight win.
Bruins vs Blues Odds & Analysis
There hasn’t been much movement on the side of St. Louis since the Blues opened at -125. The team is gunning for its 10th consecutive win and remains the home favorite at -121. Boston opened at +100 and has since moved to +120, which is great value for bettors who think the Bruins have what it takes to stop the Blues’ streak.
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Solid Play From Swayman Vital For Boston
The Bruins have clinched a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference but they’re still looking to finish within the Atlantic Division’s top three spots. They trail the third-place Lightning by three points and have a one-point lead over Washington for the East’s No. 1 wild-card spot.
The Bruins vs Blues prediction must factor in the absences of recently acquired defenseman Hampus Lindholm and sniper David Pastrnak. Boston has coped relatively well without one of its stars in Pastrnak but there’s no doubt the team has been less consistent, going 5-5-0 in its last 10.
Linus Ullmark was splitting starts with Jeremy Swayman as Boston’s goaltending tandem but a recent injury will see the former miss this clash. That means Boston’s hopes of finishing the season strong rely on Swayman’s ability to rediscover his best form. He made 23 saves as Boston nipped Pittsburgh 2-1 on Saturday to snap a three-game slide.
Blues Steamrolling Their Way Through April
Like Boston, St. Louis is aiming to solidify its playoff seed. The Blues are in second place in the Central Division but the Minnesota Wild are only one point back and have a game in hand.
St. Louis’ hot streak has coincided with an offensive explosion, led by Vladimir Tarasenko, who has 14 points in his last five games and scored twice in the Blues’ 4-2 win at Boston last week. St. Louis has lost only once in its last 12, a 6-5 overtime setback to Edmonton on April 1, and has scored at least four goals in all 12 games.
The Blues have tallied 286 goals to rank fourth in the NHL and have the league’s No. 2 power-play unit, scoring on 26.7 percent of its chances. They trounced the Nashville Predators 8-3 on Sunday in their most recent outing with Jordan Kyrou, Brayden Schenn and Calle Rosen scoring twice each.
Bruins vs Blues Pick & Insights
Bruins: Keys To Victory
Although the Bruins are the underdogs, the Bruins vs Blues pick is not as obvious as it may seem. Boston does not score as many goals as St. Louis but is the league’s fourth-best defensive team. Swayman will likely see a ton of rubber but Boston’s forwards are excellent at shutting down opposing star players. Boston’s structured system and style of play is a bad matchup for St. Louis.
Blues: Keys To Victory
The Blues’ excellent power play could see a lot of action Tuesday against one of the most penalized teams in the NHL. The Blues will need production from all four forward lines to break through a defensively sound team. Luckily, they’ve been receiving consistent production from all lines and as long as players like Kyrou and Schenn continue to produce, their streak should continue.
Odds Shark’s Computer Bruins vs Blues Prediction: Blues -135
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