Free NHL Picks: Wager On Blues As Bruins Keeps Struggling In The West

Dana Lane

Friday, April 1, 2016 7:08 PM GMT

Can the Bruins overcome their recent offensive slump to move towards securing a playoff spot? See my NHL picks & preview inside. 

Boston Bruins vs. St. Louis Blues
This is not the time for the Boston Bruins to go into an offensive drought which has resulted in the B's losing six of their last seven games. The St. Louis Blues have not been the team to solve your offensive problems against considering the Blues have allowed 1 goal in their last five games.

In my latest power rankings the Bruins have fallen all the way down to number 14 after being securely inside in upper echelon of teams most of the season. The Blues have finally crawled into the top 10 after their recent streak of outscoring opponents 15-1 over their last five games with three of those on the road. 

Boston lead over the Detroit Redwings for the last playoff spot in the East has been trimmed to just one point and the Atlantic Division title seems like a distant desire. The Bruins are one of the best road teams at 23-7-3 but that has been put to the test during a stretch in which they will have played eight of nine, on the road,against Stanley Cup playoff contenders except against Toronto. After this game they travel to Chicago to face the Blackhawks. 

The Bruins have been held to 10 goals over their last 7 games after losing to the Devils 2-1 on Tuesday.  They were the superior team by far but like we always say, if you're going to be a successful hockey team you must win the special teams battle.  Against the Devils they allowed two power play goals on five Devil opportunities.  Even in three successful kills the Bruins are wasting time that they could be on the attack. 

I'm beginning to wonder what the Bruins lockeroom looks like because I'm hearing Head Coach Claude Julien talk about attitude.  With all the veterans on the team i would think this wouldn't be an issue losing at this time of year can surely have a different effect. It doesn't seem to be a negative attitude it just seems to be on where the team is trying a little too hard and perhaps taking every loss a little too hard.  

For once the Blues are in a better situation injury wise than their opponent.  The Bruins will be getting defensemen John-Michael Liles back tonight after he missed two games but will still be without Dennis Seidenberg who was injured Tuesday and has not practiced in two days. They may get Ryan Spooner back after an undisclosed injury.  Spooner was back on the ice yesterday and probably will play between Frank Vatrano and Lee Stempniak. 

The Bruins end their season with what will be a critical three game homestand with the Detroit match-up being circled.  

From a trend perspective the Blues have dominated the Atlantic Division with a 45-19 record over their last 64 meetings while the Bruins have been a horrible 7-15 over their last 22 games against the Western Conference

Let's pound the Blues as our NHL picks tonight and back them with the best value available on the NHL odds boards.

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