St. Louis Blues vs. Boston Bruins NHL Betting Preview
The St. Louis Blues are currently locked in a deadly NHL betting chase with the Nashville Predators to determine who is best suited to chase the Winnipeg Jets for the lead in the Western Conference. Currently, both the Blues and the Preds are tied with 65 points apiece on the year. And with the Jets sitting on 68, it’s up to either Nashville or St. Louis to set themselves apart. This evening’s St. Louis Blues vs. Boston Bruins matchup offers the perfect opportunity. Let’s take a look at what kind of sports parlay odds the Blues are facing on the road this evening.
St. Louis Blues vs. Boston Bruins – Thursday, February 1st
When: 7:00 pm ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
TV: Local Broadcasts
Stream: NHL TV
NHL Betting Lines:
St. Louis Blues +1 ½ (-265) 5 ½ (+110) +115
Boston Bruins -1 ½ (+225) 5 ½ (-130) -135
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St. Louis Blues
The Blues swoove into this Thursday night pairing flashing a 31-18-3 record that ranks them as the 2nd best team in the Central Division. Or rather, it ties them with Nashville for that coveted honor. Heading into this year’s season, St. Louis had qualified for 5 straight postseasons. By the looks of it, the club is well on their way to making that 6 straight. In addition, the Blues are facing an opportunity to tie with the Jets for the lead in the division this evening. Unfortunately for St. Louis, the sportsbook betting lines do not think they can get the job done this evening. However, St. Louis is 5-1 in their last 6 matches. They also enter this evening’s contest riding a 3 game winning streak. With that in mind, should bettors take the upset line in this St. Louis Blues vs. Boston Bruins pairing?
All things considered, it looks like Boston has the biggest chance of coming out on top this evening. Therefore, the low-bar favorite odds they’re facing are prime for the picking. Overall, the Bruins are a better team and will have the home court advantage this evening.
The Bruins leap into this evening’s contest sporting a 29-11-8 record that ranks them as the 2nd best team in the Atlantic. At the present time, the Tampa bay Lightning lead the Atlantic with 71 points on the season. It’s clear that Boston can still catch the Lightning, but they’ll need a bit of a win streak to do so. Given that the Bruins recently had a 5 game win streak snapped by the Anaheim Ducks, Boston will need to dust themselves off and try to rack up some momentum once again. Going off of each team’s numbers for the year, what kind of statistical advantage do the sportsbook-favorite Bruins have this evening?
All in all, the Bruins have quite a bit of chips in their favor. Firstly, the Bruins have the better scoring offense. Currently the Blues wield the 18th best scoring unit in the NHL while Boston ranks 6th in the same department. Secondly, Boston also has the better defense. Since the Bruins rank 2nd in the NHL in goals allowed, there’s not too many people beating them defensively. However, it should be mentioned that St. Louis is not a bad team defensively, since they rank 3rd in the league. Thirdly, the Bruins have yet another advantage in the power play percentage category. Right now Boston ranks 7th in the NHL in that area while St. Louis ranks a meager 25.