St. Louis Blues Home To Meet Boston Bruins
By: Matty Simo
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The Boston Bruins will try to avoid losing three straight games for the first time since last October 29 when they continue a six-game road trip in St. Louis against the Blues on Wednesday.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Bruins (35-20-2) have struggled so far on their road trip, dropping the last two games and needing a shootout in the opener to register their only victory. Boston visits the Blues (36-16-7) in the second of three games on a light night of NHL betting action starting at 8:00 p.m. (ET).
St. Louis brings a five-game home winning streak into this matchup with the Bruins, outscoring its last three opponents at Scottrade Center by a 12-1 margin. However, the Blues are coming off a 3-1 road loss to the Chicago Blackhawks (32-21-7) on Sunday, surrendering all three goals in the third period after taking an early 1-0 lead in the first on a goal by Andy McDonald.
Boston has gone 3-13-1 in the past 17 meetings with St. Louis, although the last two losses were both decided in a shootout. The ‘over’ is 3-1 in the last four games between the teams, but the ‘under’ is 4-1 in the past five for the Blues overall.
The Ottawa Senators (31-22-8) trail the Bruins by two points for first place in the Northeast Division and will look to keep pace and possibly catch them with a home victory against the Washington Capitals (29-25-5) after the puck drops at 7:00 p.m. The Senators are back at Scotiabank Place following a successful three-game road trip that saw them sweep their opponents by a combined score of 16-2. They are 4-1 since suffering through a seven-game losing streak and host Boston on Saturday.
The Capitals have lost five of their last six games and wrap up a four-game road trip in Ottawa. They have enjoyed a lot of success against the Sens recently, winning the past three meetings along with six of the past seven. The ‘under’ is 6-1 in the last seven meetings.
The last game of the night has the Colorado Avalanche (29-27-4) hosting the Los Angeles Kings (27-21-11) at 9:00 p.m. Colorado carries a three-game series winning streak into this game, with the last two wins taking place in LA. The Avalanche return to Pepsi Center after going 1-3 on a four-game road trip and before playing their next two away from home.
The Kings had lost their past two by identical 1-0 scores heading into Tuesday’s road game against the Phoenix Coyotes (29-21-9), and had scored one goal or less in losing six of their previous eight. The total had also gone ‘over’ in only one of their last 15 games through Saturday.