NHL Picks: Can the St. Louis Blues Slow the Hot Boston Bruins?
The NHL has three games today. It is also the night before Election Day, and the moon looks full. Strange things might just happen.
Monday is short and sweet so let’s dive in with a surprise or two!
What Went Right This Weekend
It was nice to take it a bit easier on the weekend. By the end of the month, there will be weekend outlooks at gambling.com. As the NHL schedule gets a little more involved, so do we. Those late Overs this weekend were 5-for-5. That is pretty rare this early in the season.
Let’s get back to work.
St. Louis Blues at Boston Bruins
The crazy aspect of this game is this. These two teams looked incredible in the first few games of the season. Then, for the Blues, a brick wall him them. The Blues have lost six straight contests. Worse, they have allowed a league-high 30 goals in that span. Scoring just 10 goals in that timeframe is not a recipe for success.
It is early, but Boston has been a rolling freight train. Slowly, the Bruins are getting their players back. Brad Marchand should be able to resume a normal workload soon enough. Charlie McAvoy will return in short order, too. However, the Bruins have gone 10-2. Linus Ullmark has established himself as the starter.
Despite a 2-1 loss to Toronto, Boston has looked excellent. Its goal differential of +21 leads the league, and their 51 goals do as well. Balanced contributions are the key here. Ten players have six or more points, while David Pastrnak already has 19. Hampus Lindholm has 13 from the blueline for Boston. All pistons are firing as they say.
St. Louis is better than this. This is a team that cannot get out of its way. That is what makes it so dangerous tonight. The Blues are a playoff-caliber team who has to get their heads on straight. Boston has its off-ice public relations fiasco (Mitchell Miller), but that may tick the players off even more to play better.
Boston, in regulation, makes some sense at -120. After that, there is a chance to hedge a few dollars on St. Louis in regulation at +225. That will be dependent on line movement. See how the line moves during the afternoon. Brad Marchand’s shot prop is Even to get four or more shots. That is worth a look, too, along with several other shot and point props.
The New Jersey Devils Surprise
The one thing about hockey is that we always need to find out when that next breakout team will grace our presence. It is early, but the New Jersey Devils are showing sports bettors quite a performance in the early going.
New Jersey's +13 goal differential is quite a shock to the system. This was a team last year that could not stop a beach ball. Now, no one is going to confuse them with having all-world goaltenders. However, Vitek Vanecek, in particular, has been more than effective in goal. That is all that New Jersey needs.
The 0-2 start was troublesome, but since then. New Jersey has won nine of its last 10 contests. It just completed a 3-0 sweep where the Devils defeated Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary. That is not easy to do.
Hopefully, this is just the beginning, as the Metropolitan Division has surprises for good and the not-so-good this first month.
Some Picks To Consider
- Jordan Kyrou Over 0.5 points at -105
- David Pastrnak Over 4.5 shots at -110
- Brad Marchand Over 3.5 shots at +100, Over 1.5 points at +160
- Bruins 3-way bet at -120
Good luck, and once again, thanks for reading! We will have a few more plays on social media as conditions warrant.
All odds today come from BetMGM.com.BetMGM
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