Bruins vs Blues

Bruins vs Blues Live : Blues executive Doug Armstrong fired shots at Bruins employees cleaning the ice Tuesday at TD Garden, the eve of Game 7 in Boston. Boston Bruins’ David Krejci, left, of the Czech Republic, checks St. Louis Blues’ Zach Sanford off his skates during the third period in Game 5. Midway through the Blues’ morning skate Saturday, forward Robert Thomas and coach Craig Berube met on the red line. The endurance test that is the NHL postseason is almost over, as both the Bruins and the Blues are in Boston

A championship is on the line Wednesday as the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues face off in Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. The last game of the NHL schedule starts at 8 p.m. ET from TD Garden in Boston. The Bruins seek their first Stanley Cup title since 2011, while the Blues have never hoisted the coveted trophy. Boston is favored at home in the latest Bruins vs. Blues odds for Game 7 at -167 on the money line (risk $167 to win $100), while the Blues are +135 (risk $100 to return $135).

The over-under for total goals scored is 5.5. The Bruins went 29-9-3 at home this season, second only to the Tampa Bay Lightning in home success, but the Blues have won two of the three games at the Garden in the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals. Before you make any Bruins vs. Blues picks for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final 2019, be sure to see the NHL predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

This model, which simulates every NHL game 10,000 times, enters Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals 2019 on a sizzling 22-10 run on its top-rated money line picks, returning more than $1,300 to $100 players. Anybody who has been following its NHL picks during this run is way up.

Now, the model has dialed in on Game 7 of Bruins vs. Blues. We can tell you it is over, and it also says one side of the money line has all the value. That pick is only available at SportsLine.

The model knows the Bruins reached Game 6 in St. Louis without much production from its top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. The “Perfection Line,” as some call it, had registered zero even-strength goals in the finals until Game 6, when Marchand found Pastrnak for a score. Rookie Karson Kuhlman made his Stanley Cup debut in Game 6 and also scored.

Boston also has Tuukka Rask minding the net. Rask improved to 5-0 in potential elimination games, stopping 28 of 29 shots in the Bruins’ Game 6 win.

Just because Boston is back home for the deciding Game 7 doesn’t mean it offers the best value on the Bruins vs. Blues money line on Wednesday against a St. Louis club on the verge of earning its first-ever title in the NHL Playoffs 2019.

The Blues were outplayed in Game 6, but they haven’t lost two in a row since the first week of May. And they still have Ryan O’Reilly, who tallied St. Louis’ lone goal on Sunday and has seven points overall on the second line. He’s been the best skater on the ice this series for either team.

O’Reilly has 21 points, while Jaden Schwarz has 12 goals and a plus/minus of 7, best on the team this postseason. The Blues get Ivan Barbashev (three goals in five finals games) back after serving a one-game suspension for a high hit. And they have rookie goalie phenom Jordan Binnington, who stopped nearly 93 percent of shots faced this year and looks to become the sixth rookie goalie to win a Stanley Cup.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The strains of Jay-Z and Linkin Park’s “Numb/Encore” mashup emanated from a small speaker on the hallway floor outside the visiting locker room following the Boston Bruins’ morning skate.

“I don’t know what you’re expecting of me … put under the pressure … of walking in your shoes.”

Despite all the pressure on Boston, team DJ Torey Krug wouldn’t dare change anything in the face of elimination.

“Same playlist I’ve been playing for months now,” Krug said. “It’s been the same music for months on end.”

And the same Bruins, whose consistent approach on and off the ice will be tested one more time Wednesday in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues. This is an experienced Boston roster with five players left from the 2011 Cup championship team that vanquished the Canucks in Vancouver, also the most recent time the final went to a seventh and deciding game.

“There’s never been a (Cup Final) Game 7 in Boston, (so) I would say lean on past experience with that, but there is none,” Krug said Monday. “There is experience from guys who played in Game 7 in Vancouver.

“It’s tough. It’s the most exciting game in all of our lives and I think whoever maintains their composure and discipline within their system, how they play and how they approach the game is probably going to prevail.”

The smart money is on the Bruins recapturing the Stanley Cup on home ice, and sportsbooks give them the edge. Not only do they own an experience advantage in these situations, but carry with them some momentum from a 5-1 rainstorm on St. Louis’ potential parade in Game 6.

Four of the previous five times in the 2019 playoffs that a team down 3-2 won Game 6, it also won Game 7. Just don’t tell that stat to Boston coach Bruce Cassidy because he doesn’t believe there’s carry-over from a strong showing Sunday night.

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