NHL predictions: Boston hosts winner-takes-all showdown
NHL betting tips and odds
The Boston Bruins head home to host the St. Louis Blues in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. We take a closer look in our NHL predictions for this Wednesday night matchup.
With their backs against the wall in Game 6 in St. Louis, the Bruins delivered.
St. Louis had a chance to close things out at home on Sunday, but Boston dominated the contest from the beginning and came away with a 5-1 victory.
Boston forward Patrice Bergeron's top line got going in the game, with wingers Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each registering a goal and an assist.
The trio was off to a slow start early in the series, paving the way for players such as Charlie Coyle (three goals in the finals) and Sean Kuraly (five points) to carry the offense.
When is it? Wednesday June 12th
What time is face off? 8:00 p.m. ET
Where is it being played? TD Garden
Which channel is it on? NBC
The Blues are still looking for more from some of their biggest offensive threats.
Jaden Schwartz, the team's leading scorer in the playoffs with 12 goals, has yet to find the net in this Stanley Cup Finals, while Vladimir Tarasenko has gone without a point in the last two games.
On the power play is where the Blues could use a big boost. Boston is 7 of 21 with the man advantage in the finals, St. Louis is 1 of 18, its only goal coming in Game 3.
Bruins @ Blues Puck Line
Boston is giving St. Louis 1.5 points in this matchup in our NHL betting odds.
My pick will be on the Bruins at home in this Game 7 matchup.
We're taking Boston to cover and win the Stanley Cup at home in our NHL predictions.
Bruins @ Blues Over/Under
The over/under in the Stanley Cup odds is set at 5.5 goals in Game 7.
Final score prediction: Boston Bruins 5, St. Louis Blues 3.
Go with the over in our NHL predictions.
Where the game will be won or lost
The city of Boston has celebrated its fair share of sports championships in recent years, but never before has it hosted a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
That will change after Wednesday, when the Bruins take on the St. Louis Blues in the winner-take-all showdown.
The matchup marks the 17th time the finals have gone seven games, with the home team winning 12 of the previous instances.
The Bruins are looking to capture their seventh NHL championship, having last hoisted the Stanley Cup in 2011. The Blues, on the other hand, are seeking their first title after entering the series 0-12 between three previous trips to the finals.
Coming back from last place in the NHL as recently as Jan. 2, the Blues continue to hitch their wagon to rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington. The 25-year-old allowed four goals on 31 shots in Game 6 but is 7-2 following a loss this postseason.
On the other side, Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask appears to be the front-runner for the Conn Smythe Trophy awarded to the MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Rask stopped 28 of 29 shots Sunday and has a 1.93 goals-against average and a .938 save percentage this postseason.
A Game 7 victory for Boston would be the city's 13th championship across the four major North American sports since 2000.
Both the MLB's Boston Red Sox and NFL's New England Patriots have won in the past year.