Bruins Won't Be Singing the Blues After Starting New Points Streak

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Dana Lane

Thursday, February 1, 2018 1:49 PM UTC

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 1:49 PM UTC

The Bruins have won seven of their past nine home games, but tonight they host a Blues team that has dominated the recent series. Which trend should you follow to cash in with your NHL picks?

Thursday NHL: Blues vs. BruinsFree NHL Pick: Bruins -130Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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We’re going against the grain a bit here, but like I said on the "Ice Guys Show" on Tuesday, I’m not going take what happened months or years ago to use as a tool to determine a winner in tonight’s game. Way too much is made of a team’s history against another, as clearly is the case with the St. Louis Blues traveling to Boston to take on the Bruins.

St. Louis has dominated Boston, winning eight of their last nine meetings. To go a little deeper, the Blues have won 18 of their last 25 with a "push" head to head. The question is what does that have to do with today -- and the answer is nothing. That hasn’t stopped the "wise guys" from jumping on the Blues at plus money, according to the NHL odds board. Bruce Cassidy’s Bruins opened as a -148 favorite, quickly bet down to -130 at Pinnacle.

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All good things must come to an end.

Heck of a run by the @NHLBruins whose incredible point streak came to an and after 18 games (14-0-4). pic.twitter.com/MlvvKCMMjh

— NHL (@NHL) January 31, 2018
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Boston's injuries and Brad Marchand's suspension are driving the money toward the Blues, as well as the fact they’re an overall better team but not by much. The Ducks ended the Bruins' 18-game point streak with a physical brand of hockey knowing Marchand wasn’t there to police the ice. The Ducks' aggressive game plan would have easily been countered with the Bruins' first line intact. Instead, Anaheim Coach Randy Carlyle knew Boston was shorthanded with some playing out of position with increased minutes. Expect Boston to be more effective against the Blues after Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak got a game under their belt with new linemate Danton Heinen.

Brandon Carlo will move back to the top defensive pairing with Zdeno Chara, with Charlie McAvoy out of the lineup while recovering from an irregular heartbeat. Don’t overreact to the move; Chara and Carlo played together on a regular basis before McAvoy showed up late last season.

Despite the recent setbacks, the Bruins are still an extremely dangerous offensive team.

The loss to the Ducks might be the best thing for them. It gets to the point where coaches are looking for something to find fault with in practice, easier to do after a loss. I think you’ll find Boston to be relaxed and focused tonight.

I’m a big fan of St. Louis; I have them ranked second in my power rankings. But that doesn’t mean they are always going to be the team to choose with your NHL picks. Something about this spot doesn’t smell right.

If I had to nitpick, the Blues don’t always scare me offensively because I think they would be much more effective if they moved Vladimir Tarasenko back to the second line with Jaden Schwartz and Brayden Schenn. This would give them more balance, something that’s desperately needed even though this is really a two-line team. The move would allow their top two lines to produce consistently instead of leaning on Tarasenko every night.

The Bruins bounce back in this one.

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