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Boston Bruins vs St.Louis Blues 2012 NHL Predictions

by Scott Burgess on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

The red hot St. Louis Blues put their franchise record 21-game home point streak on the line tonight, Wednesday Feb 22nd, as they host the suddenly slumping Boston Bruins. The Blues won their last meeting 2-1 (SO), in Boston, back in 2010. NHL oddsmakers have installed the Blues as -125 moneyline home favorites over the Bruins (+105) with the over/under set at 5 goals. Be sure to make your Boston Bruins vs St.Louis Blues 2012 NHL Predictions before they drop the puck.

Boston (3520, 17-10 V) lost to Minnesota 0-2 on the road, on Sunday. Tim Thomas made 27 saves for the Bruins, who have lost six of 10 and were shut out for the fourth time in nine games. “Like we’ve told the guys, we can either be bitter or better, and let’s work on getting better here,” Boston coach Claude Julien said. “And that’s what we’re going to try to do here in the next few days.”

St. Louis puts its franchise record 21-game home point streak on the line this evening as it looks to deal Boston its first three-game slide since late October. The Blues have been one of the more dominating teams this year on home ice, where they are 26-3-4 this season and haven’t lost in regulation since Dec. 3. They have gone 18-0-3 at Scottrade Center since and sit fourth overall in the Western Conference with 79 points, five back of Detroit for first place. The Bruins have lost six of nine this month and have been shut out four times in that span.

St.Louis (36-16, 26-3 H) lost to Chicago 1-3 on the road, on Sunday. Goaltender Brian Elliott was coming off a shutout win over the visiting Wild on Saturday and held the Blackhawks off the board through the first two periods before getting beat twice in the final frame. Elliott made 24 saves and Andy McDonald scored in his third straight game for the Blues, while Patrik Berglund and Jamie Langenbrunner each posted an assist for a third straight game. Langenbrunner suffered a broken left foot  and was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. He is expected to be re-evaluated in four weeks.

The Blues have a chance tonight to deal the Bruins their first three-game slide since Oct. 22-29. Boston followed that season-high slide by winning 10 straight and 21 of their next 24, but have gone 11-11-1 since Dec. 31 and now own just a two-point edge over Ottawa for first place in the Northeast Division. The Blues have won nine of their last 11 versus the Bruins, with three of the past six encounters ending in shootout fashion. That includes St. Louis’ 2-1 victory at Boston in the lone meeting last season.

Recent Trends to Consider:
Over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Bruins are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in St. Louis.
Underdog is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Bruins are 3-13-1 in the last 17 meetings.
Road team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
Blues are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest.
Blues are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Northeast.
Bruins are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Central.
Bruins are 1-4 in their last 5 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Bruins are 1-5 in their last 6 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.

Boston Bruins vs St.Louis Blues
When: Wednesday, Feb 22nd@9:30 PM EST
Pick: Blues -125

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