The big question at Top rated sportsbooks before game one of the Stanley Cup Final was whether the Boston Bruins 11-day layoff was an asset for a liability.
The big question at Top rated sportsbooks before game one of the Stanley Cup Final was whether the Boston Bruins 11-day layoff was an asset for a liability. As it turned out the answer proved to be both. St. Louis jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period as the Bruins did look sluggish and off their game. But in the second period Boston’s power kicked into full gear and the Bruins took over the game en route to a 4-2 win. By game’s end the Bruins had nearly twice as many shots on goal as did the Blues. Now the question is if Boston’s dominance was a one game flash or a portent of things to come.
2019 Stanley Cup Final Game 2 St. Louis Blues vs. Boston Bruins
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2019 Stanley Cup Final
Boston holds a 1-0 lead in this best of seven series. Following Wednesday night’s game two, this Offshore sportsbooks series will shift to St. Louis for games three and four. If necessary, game five will return to Boston with game six set for St. Louis. A seventh game would be at TD Garden in Boston.
St. Louis Fails to Finish
Following their 2-0 start to take control of the first period the Blues became selfish and sloppy. Unnecessary penalties, poor passes, and holes in their defense all contributed to the Bruins eventual win. With a chance to steal the first game and jump all over the sluggish Bruins the Blues failed to sustain solid play. Boston turned the tide in the second period with an 18-3 shots on goal advantage. The Bruins outshot the Blues in the game 38-20.
Cassidy Adjusts While Berube Caught Flat Footed
Perhaps the most important man on the Bruins in game one was head coach Bruce Cassidy. The Boston bench boss adjusted with a more aggressive and attacking style of play in the second period that proved to be a difference. St. Louis coach Craig Berube did not counter his strategy quickly enough and that, along with the Blues undisciplined play, proved decisive.
The Blues have been a strong value at Online sportsbooks when it comes to post season road games. St. Louis has won seven of their last ten games on road ice with only one of their last five playoff away tilts going under the total.
Meanwhile at TD Garden the Bruins have been bank in the playoffs so far. Boston has gotten paid in six of their last seven home playoff matchups. Five of those seven post season tilts at TD Garden have gone over the total.
Head to Head Series
In the last eight meetings between these two teams the Bruins have won a total of five times. Three of the last five in this head to head series have gone under the total. Boston has won four of their last six home games with the Blues including three straight. Three of the last four between these teams at TD Garden have gone over the total.
Blues vs. Bruins Betting Odds Free Picks
No doubt the gambling public will react to game one with plenty of money flowing the Bruins way. But keep in mind the Blues were trounced 6-3 at San Jose in game one of the Western Conference Final only to end up winning four of the next five games and the series. The Blues did not play a complete game or at their best in the first matchup of this series. They also know that with a win they can head back to St. Louis with homeice advantage. Boston may be a bit overconfident after that dominating win in game one. Most important of all the causal gambling public will be overconfident and overpriced betting the Bruins.