In game #1 of the Stanley Cup finals there was plenty of talk of how much the rest would impact the Boston Bruins and how rusty they would be and there was also plenty of talk of if the Blues would be tired coming into this game and maybe a little fatigued; all of that was discovered in the first period. The Blues did an outstanding job in the opening frame, they played solid defence, got the first goal of the series and really established themselves early on.
Event: (3) St. Louis Blues at (4) Boston Bruins
Date/Time: May 29, 2019 8PM EDT
Play: Total Under 5.5 (-133)
The problem is, once that first period was over it was practically all Bruins. The Bruins went on to win the next two periods in pretty dominant fashion, it seemed like one period was all the time that the Bruins needed to settle in to the series and get back into playoff hockey and once they flipped that switch they started to look dangerous. In game 1, the total opened at 5.5 but was bet down to 5 which ended up leading to a win on the over with a late empty net goal during the final few minutes of the game.
I’ve been saying this since the start of the playoffs and this is the same reason why I bet on the Bruins to win the eastern conference, the Bruins have THE BEST depth in the entire National Hockey League, they are built like a perfect playoff team and can really control the game in many ways whether its aggresion, Top line scoring, secondary scoring, Defence jumping into the rush, experience of the lineup it seems the Bruins have the edge. Why am I saying this during a write-up for a total? The Blues are a huge hockey team with big players that can impact the game physically and that’s the type of game they have to play. The Blues NEED to try and find a way to slow the game down and control the game at their pace. It doesn’t surpirse me that we were able to cash the Over in game one simply with the build up to this game and the amount of energy and rest both teams came out with. Most analysts would tell you that game 1 is always a feeling out process and now that both teams have had a chance to see each other I believe with what we saw in game 1, both teams will want to look at tightening up the neutral zone and playing a slower pace type of hockey.
Rask and Binnington are two outstanding goaltenders and I see them shutting the door in game 2.
Expect a completely different type of game here in game #2
Play: Under 5.5 (-133)
Since April 25, McInnis has connected on 71.4-percent of his NHL Playoff winners, including the over in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals!
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