NHL Odds, Pick, Prediction: Blues vs. Bruins (April 12)
Steven Kingsman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images. Pictured: St. Louis Blues goaltender Ville Husso makes a save.
- The Boston Bruins host the St. Louis Blues in Tuesday's NHL action.
- St. Louis is on a five-game winning streak, but four out of those five contests came on home ice.
- Jonny Lazarus breaks down the game below and explains why he's found value on the total.
Blues vs. Bruins Odds
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The Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues are gearing up for their first meeting in more than two years ahead on Tuesday’s NHL matchup. Both teams come into this game playing good hockey of late, especially the Blues in particular.
St. Louis is on a five-game winning streak, but four out of those five contests came on home ice.
On the other side, the Bruins have been on fire in their last 10 games, but did fall short in their most recent game on Sunday when it suffered a 4-2 loss against the Washington Capitals.
St. Louis Blues
The Blues are tied with the Minnesota Wild for second place in the Central Division, with both on 94 points. They have really stepped up their game, especially their goaltenders. Ville Husso, who is expected to get the start, has won his six consecutive starts. In the six start, he gave up a total of 13 goals.
Husso is 22-6-5 with a 2.38 goals against average and a .924 save percentage, along with a seventh-best +17.6 Goals Saved Above Expected this season. The standout has had to stand tall at times since the his team allows the third-most chances against per outing, currently averaging 12.27 each contest.
On the offensive side, there isn’t much cause for concern. The Blues have the fourth-highest scoring offense, averaging 3.64 goals per game and have scored 25 goals over the course of their five-game winning streak.
One of the major reasons why St. Louis has been so successful is its special teams. The club has the third-best power play, scoring 25.8% of the time, and the sixth-best penalty kill with a 83.5% success rate.
Bottom line, the Blues look incredible on the ice at the moment.
The Bruins currently sit a point behind Tampa Bay for third place in the Atlantic Division. Boston was one of the hottest teams in the league, but have dropped two out of their last three games. And a noticeable difference is its lack of scoring without David Pastrnak.
The Bruins have only scored seven goals in their last three contests and allowed 10 goals in the process. The Boston power play is struggling without the standout and hasn’t scored a man-advantage goal in its last four games on their last 16 attempts. The offense hasn’t been that successful, averaging just 3.13 goals per game, which has them ranked at 15th overall.
The goaltending has been outstanding between the play of Linus Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman. Ullmark, who is the expected starter in this game, is 4-1-0 in his last five games and only allowed a total of 10 goals in that span.
Bottom line, Ullmark is going to have to bring his best game in this meeting.
Blues vs. Bruins Pick
Both of teams need all the points they can get for playoff implications. The Blues have been the better team of late, but the Bruins have been strong on home ice this season.
I think both teams match up well against each another, and because they haven’t played each other in two years, there will be a bit of a feeling-out period in this contest.
In my opinion, this matchup is all about the goaltenders and the projected starters have been excellent of late. They’re both in the top 10 when it comes to defensive proficiency, so I think this game will be a tight, low-scoring game. Boston hasn’t been able to produce at a high rate lately, which is a trend I see continuing in the game.
That said, I like the total staying under six goals in this showdown.
Pick: Total Under 6 Goals (-110)