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Binnington Continues to Play Superhero for Blues

St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington (50) during a NHL game between the Vancouver Canucks and the St. Louis Blues on April 06, 2019, at Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Mo.

Jordan Binnington was the savior of the St. Louis Blues throughout the second half of the regular season, and the rookie goaltender once again stepped up to lead his team to a 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets in Game 1. Binnington and the Blues will attempt to continue their winning ways when Game 2 goes tonight in Manitoba. Sportsbooks opened the Jets as -125 home favorites with a total of 5.5.

Blues vs Jets Game Center

Standout Stats

  • Binnington made 24 saves and kept his team in the game until the Blues scored twice in the game’s final 16 minutes. The Canadian stopped a Mark Scheifele one-timer with 12.4 seconds left to play to give St. Louis the win.
  • Jets netminder Connor Hellebuyck made 24 saves but couldn’t hold off the Blues in the final period, losing his fifth straight playoff start dating back to include four consecutive setbacks to the Vegas Golden Knights last year.
  • The Jets lost nine games in the regular season when they led after two periods and met the same fate in Game 1. Patrik Laine scored Winnipeg’s lone goal in the first period. Defenseman Josh Morrissey returned from an upper-body injury to play 17:15 in his first game since February 24.
  • The Blues continued a totals trend in Game 1 that has seen them go UNDER in nine of their past 12 road games against the Central Division. For that reason alone, it makes sense to see this game tabbed with the low 5.5 total.
  • Winnipeg simply hasn’t been covering the puckline against good teams. In the Jets’ past 10 matchups against teams with winning records, they’re 1-9 ATS. Bovada opened Winnipeg’s -1.5 number at a price of +150.

My best bet for Blues-Jets

UNDER 5.5 goals

I’m backing the UNDER here for one main reason: Binnington. The 25-year-old came out of absolutely nowhere to seize the reins of the starting goaltending position for St. Louis and has proven that nothing rattles him – no matter how big the stage is. I expect Binnington to shut the door once again for the Blues, and while I think it’s going to be a tight game, I’m on the UNDER instead of the moneyline for either team.