The Boston Bruins won Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals, 5-1, becoming just the eight team all-time to win a Stanley Cup final game by 4+ goals when facing elimination. That means we’re now set up for a winner-take-all Game 7 on Wednesday night (Jun. 12) at TD Garden in Boston. The start time is listed as 8:00 PM ET, but the puck won’t actually drop until around 8:25. The Bruins have opened up as a -164 favorite while the Blues are on the board at +148.
Blues vs Bruins Game 7 Odds
|Team||Moneyline at BetOnline||Puckline||Game Total|
|St. Louis Blues||+148||+1.5 (-195)||O 5.5 (+134)|
|Boston Bruins||-164||-1.5 (+170)||U 5.5 (-147)|
*Odds as of 06/09/2019
Bruins Fight Off Elimination in Game 6
The Boston Bruins played admirably in Game 6 and have now forced a deciding Game 7 back on their home turf. For the second time in this series, they really worked Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington, this time beating him for four goals on 30 shots.
The story of the game was the early goal by Brad Marchand, who got the tally at the 8:40 mark in the first period. It was his first goal since Game 1. The Bruins maintained control from that point as no other goals were scored in the first or second period. The Bruins came out with some pep in their step in the third period, extending the lead to 3-0, and it was a wrap from there.
Blues vs Bruins Statistical Comparison
|45-28-9 (21-13-7 away)||Reg. Season Record||49-24-9 (29-9-3 home)|
|15-10 (9-3 away)||Playoff Record||15-8 (7-4 home)|
|3.0 (15th)||Goals Per Game (Reg. Season)||3.13 (11th)|
|2.92 (4th)||Goals Per Game (Playoffs)||3.32 (2nd)|
|2.60 (T 5th)||Goals Against Per Game (Reg. Season)||2.59 (T 3rd)|
|2.67 (6th)||Goals Against Per Game (Playoffs)||2.09 (1st)|
|52.10 (7th)||Fenwick % (Reg. Season)||52.89 (5th)|
|50.92 (6th)||Fenwick % (Playoffs)||50.42 (8th)|
|90.62 (16th)||Save % (Reg. Season)||91.23 (7th)|
|90.70 (11th)||Save % (Playoffs)||93.40 (1st)|
|54.34 (5th)||High-Danger Chances % (Reg. Season)||51.14 (14th)|
|48.83 (10th)||High-Danger Chances % (Playoffs)||51.65 (6th)|
Momentum With The Bruins
We’ve seen this before and while it might play out differently, the momentum is with the Bruins. The same thing happened in Game 3 when they went into St. Louis and routed the Blues 7-2. St. Louis remained poised and won the next two games. The question is can Boston carry this momentum over?
One of the keys to this series continues to be the Bruins power play. It scored the key goal for them in Game 6 and has now registered seven goals in the series. That’s remarkable. The Bruins are 3-1 when they score a power play goal in this series and 0-2 when they don’t.
The Blues didn’t quite look like themselves in Game 6 as they only outhit the Bruins 29-27 (they’re normally far more physical) and they gave away the puck plenty (12 in total). However, this team has played better on the road (9-3) this postseason than at home (6-7), so it’s not too much of a surprise. Look for them to rebound with a better effort.
Betting Trends to Know for Game 7
|St. Louis Blues||Boston Bruins|
|Road teams have won the last two Stanley Cup Finals Game 7’s||Home teams are 12-4 all-time in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.|
|No team has had a sub-.500 home record in the playoffs and won the Stanley Cup (Blues were 6-7 at home).||The Bruins are 15-12 all-time in Game 7’s.|
|The Blues are 7-2 in Games 5-6-7 this postseason.||The Bruins have won three of their last four Game 7’s.|
|The Blues have won three straight Game 7’s.||The Bruins are 4-2 in their last six playoff home games.|
Best Bet for Game 7
Do you really want to bet against the Boston Bruins, who have the most Game 7 wins of any team in NHL history? Of course, it’s a risk, but the Blues have played well on the road this postseason (and poorly at home). I’ll look for them to find a way late in the series again – as they’ve done all postseason. This game is a coin flip but the price tag is generous with St. Louis.
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