Stanley Cup Game 2 Predictions, Preview & Betting Tips
We have Stanley Cup Game 2 Predictions between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.
The time that all hockey fans look forward to is finally underway, and few would have been surprised with the outcome of game one of this best of seven series. The Bruins will host their second game of the series hoping to build on their 1-0 advantage.
Check out our Stanley Cup Game 2 Predictions below.
Stanley Cup Game 2 Preview
While the outcome wasn’t all that surprising, the ability that the Blues had to take a 2-0 advantage did catch most off Boston off-guard. The travelling St. Louis side went ahead 2-0, and for the powerful Bruins to fight back in commanding fashion.
The defeat for the Blues ended their unbeaten run of four games, but the consequences of the lost momentum couldn’t have been greater. Once they conceded the second, they ultimately folded and allowed Boston to run away with the game.
The history books don’t offer much hope that this is about to change in Game Two as the Blues haven’t won in Boston since November 2016.
Bruins haven’t lost since losing the third game in their series against Columbus. They won the final three games of that particular series, before going onto whitewash Carolina in the last round.
The Blues aren’t given any hope if they look at previous head to head meetings between the pair in the post-season; as they have lost all nine of them. The all-time record also goes in favour of the Bruins as they have won 43 times and only been defeated on 21 occasions.
The game on Monday evening saw the star players for the Bruins upstaged, as the main man on that night was Sean Kuraly. He opened the scoring for the Bruins, before adding the go-ahead goal and contributing to an assist on his way.
These are the only goals that he has scored during the playoffs. Charlie McAvoy has been a defensive rock for the Bruins this season, but he found the minus touch to equalise in Boston.
Can the Blues bounce back?
Hope isn’t completely gone for the Blues however because they do have an array of attacking options that have delivered throughout the playoffs this season. There are eight players in their squad that have recorded at least nine points in the post-season; which includes Vladimir Tarasenko and Brayden Schenn, both of which found the net in Boston in game one.
The prior mentioned winger has scored 14 points during the playoffs; including eight goals. His record recently is the best out of either team, as he has scored three in his last three, and four in his past five.
However, it is Jaden Schwartz that leads St. Louis having recorded 17 points, including 12 goals. Blues stopper Jordan Binnington has also been in remarkable form since the playoffs began; recording a save percentage of .919 in Monday’s match.
Tuukka Rask was also in excellent form, saving 20 efforts. He would have been having mixed feelings ahead of the game, after watching his Finland side win the World Cup without him playing a part; he will be hoping to play his role in helping the Bruins get a hand on the Stanley Cup by cementing a 2-0 lead.
Stanley Cup Game 2 Predictions: Boston Bruins @ BetOnline