Boston Bruins at St. Louis Blues Matchup Preview

Squaring off for the final time this season, the Boston Bruins and the St. Louis Blues collide at the Scottrade Center for an East-versus-West tilt. The matchup will get underway at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 21, and fans at home can see it live on NBC Sports Network.

Boston Bruins at St. Louis Blues Odds

Boston is 45-26 straight up (SU) and has netted 7.8 units for moneyline bettors this year. 37 of its games have gone under the total, while 33 have gone over and just one has pushed. This 2017-18 Bruins team is 20-14 SU on the road.

Boston has converted on 22.3 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s good enough for seventh-best in the NHL. Its penalty kill is ranked 10th overall, and it has successfully killed off 82.1 percent of all penalties.

The Bruins, as a collective unit, have been whistled for penalties 3.8 times per game overall during the 2017-18 season, 3.6 per game over its last five outings total, and 4.2 per game over its last five on the road. The team’s had to stave off opponent power plays 11.0 minutes per game over their last five road outings.

With a .916 save percentage and 25.1 saves per game, Tuukka Rask (30-17-5) has been the top option in goal for Boston this year. If head coach Bruce Cassidy decides to rest him, however, the team could go with Anton Khudobin (15-12-4), who has a .917 save percentage and 2.50 goals against average this year.

Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak will both spearhead the attack for the visiting Bruins. Marchand (75 points) has tallied 31 goals and 44 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 22 different games. Pastrnak has 28 goals and 42 assists to his creditand has logged at least one point in 46 games.

On the other bench, St. Louis is 39-33 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. 42 of its contests have gone under the total, while 29 have gone over and just one has pushed. It’s 21-15 SU at home this year.

The Blues have converted on just 15.9 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that places them in the bottom 5 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 16th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 80.4 percent of all opponent power plays.

Blues skaters have been penalized only 3.4 times per game in total this season, and 2.0 per game over their last five games. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays just 7.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Jake Allen (24.9 saves per game) has been the primary choice in goal for the Blues. Allen has 23 wins, 27 losses, and two OT losses and has recorded a subpar .905 save percentage and 2.79 goals against average this season.

The home team offense will be led by Brayden Schenn (25 goals, 35 assists).

Boston Bruins vs. St. Louis Blues Free Picks

Free NHL Tip: SU Winner – Blues, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • Boston is 3-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while St. Louis is 3-0 in shootouts.
  • The total has gone over in four of St. Louis’ last five outings.
  • This game features two clubs that take a heavy amount of shots on goal. Boston has taken the league’s ninth-most shots on goal (33.0) while St. Louis’s attempted the ninth-most (33.0).
  • Over Boston’s last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 4-2 in those games).
  • This game features two of the tougher teams in the league. Boston skaters have accounted for the eighth-most hits in the league (23.9 per game) while the Blue Notes have recorded the 10th-most (22.8).