NHL Stanley Cup Finals Game 4
The St. Louis Blues were hosting their first Stanley Cup Finals game in nearly 50 years on Saturday night, and it did not go as expected. Boston jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead before the Blues were able to score a goal. The Bruins finished off the 7-2 victory in impressive fashion to take a 2-1 series lead over the Blues.
Boston came into this series as the clear favorites after sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Bruins have taken home ice advantage back from the Blues, and have to still be considered the favorites. St. Louis has had a remarkable run to the Stanley Cup Finals, and got their first ever Finals win in game two of the series. The Blues are -110 over the Boston Bruins in game four on Monday night.

Binnington Needs To Bounce Back

Blues netminder Jordan Binnington was removed from the game early in game three after a horrible performance. Binnington didn't get much help from his teammates in the loss, but he allowed some very soft goals. The rookie stopped just 14 of the 19 shots he faced in game three, and will have to be better in this one. Binnington is giving up just 2.54 goals against per game in the playoffs, and will need to return to that form.

St. Louis managed to get 29 shots on goal in the game three loss, but only found the back of the net twice. Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko have carried the Blues during this playoff run, but they were quiet in that loss. Schwartz leads the team with 12 goals and 18 points so far in the playoffs, and Tarasenko has 10 goals as well. St. Louis could use an early goal to take some pressure off Binnington and their defense in this one.

Bruins Feature Great Power-Play

The Boston Bruins are hard to stop when they have a man advantage, and that was on full display in game three. The Bruins scored four power-play goals and made the Blues pay for taking bad penalties throughout the game. Torey Krug scored his second goal of the postseason in the game three victory, and led the way for the Bruins with four points. If Boston continues to get on the power play then they will be tough to beat.

Left winger Brad Marchand leads the Bruins with 20 points so far this postseason, but goaltender Tuukka Rask has been the team's MVP. Rask has recorded a pair of shutouts already in these playoffs and is allowing just 1.91 goals against per game. The Bruins are extremely tough to score on, and are impossible to beat when they are rolling on offense.

Blues Even Up Series With Win

The St. Louis Blues were hit in the mouth early in game three, and they were never able to find their rhythm. Look for the Blues to get a much better performance from Jordan Binnington in this game, and for their offense to find some space. Boston did their job in stealing game three, but they aren't winning this game. Bet the St. Louis Blues -110 over the Boston Bruins in game four.