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St. Louis Blues vs. Boston Bruins Pick & Prediction NOV 18TH 2014

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The Boston Bruins have won five in a row at home but that streak will be in jeopardy when then red-hot St. Louis Blues pay a visit Tuesday night. The Bruins rebounded from back-to-back drubbings at Original Six rivals Toronto and Montreal with a 2-1 victory over visiting Carolina on Saturday afternoon. "What you've gone through the last two games, I don't think you're automatically going to turn the page," Boston coach Claude Julien said after Saturday's win. "We've got to build ourselves back up there, and today was a good start."

St. Louis has won 10 of its last 11 as it kicks off a road trip that features four games in a six-day span. The Blues have outscored their opponents 14-5 during their current three-game winning streak - all at home - and have not surrendered more than three goals since a 4-1 setback to Vancouver on Oct. 23. St. Louis is one point behind first-place Nashville in the Central Division following a 4-1 victory over Washington on Saturday, which captain David Backes called the team's "most complete game of the season."

TV: 7 p.m. ET, TVA, FSN Midwest (St. Louis), NESN (Boston)

ABOUT THE BLUES (11-4-1): Leading scorer Vladimir Tarasenko has been a human highlight reel with nine goals in 10 games and forms a lethal unit along with rookie center Jori Lehtera and Jaden Schwartz on the "STL" line. Lehtera is riding a seven-game point streak and notched his first hat trick in a 6-1 romp over Buffalo on Nov. 11, which ignited a three-game stretch that earned him NHL First Star of the week honors on Monday. Lehtera followed up his three-goal effort by collecting a pair of assists in a 4-3 victory over the Predators before netting the opening goal in Saturday's 4-1 romp over Washington - his fifth tally in four games.

ABOUT THE BRUINS (11-8-0): Center David Krejci, who has been sidelined for four straight games and six of the past seven due to a lower-body injury, skated with the No. 1 line at Monday's practice and could be set to return to the lineup. Boston's injury-ravaged defense also could be getting reinforcements after Kevan Miller took part in his first practice Monday since suffering a dislocated shoulder that has had him on the shelf since Oct. 18. “Right now he’s practicing and he’s a full go, so we’ll take it one step at a time,” Julien said of Miller. "It’s whether we feel he’s had enough practice, or feel comfortable putting him in."

OVERTIME

1. St. Louis swept the two-game series last season and has won six straight in Boston.

2. The Bruins have permitted only eight goals during the five-game run at TD Garden

3. Blues G Jake Allen, a winner of four straight starts, has never faced Boston.

PREDICTION: Blues 3, Bruins 2

St. Louis Blues vs. Boston Bruins

Tuukka Rask stopped all 26 shots he faced, David Pastrnak extended his goal streak to five games and the Boston Bruins beat the visiting St. Louis Blues 3-0 Saturday night in a rematch of last season's Stanley Cup Final.

Rask picked up his second shutout of the season as the Bruins got revenge in the same building where they lost a decisive Game 7 to the Blues in June. Pastrnak's goal was his ninth during his streak, and Anders Bjork also scored in Boston's second straight victory.

Brandon Carlo added an empty-netter for Boston with 49 seconds left.

Jordan Binnington had 21 saves for St. Louis, which had a two-game winning streak end.

The game was testy from the start, Boston captain Zdeno Chara laying out St. Louis' Oskar Sundqvist with a hit 38 seconds in. Brayden Schenn stepped in, and he and Chara went off for offsetting roughing penalties.

Perhaps a motivator was that Sundqvist was suspended a game during the Stanley Cup Final for a dangerous hit from behind on Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk.

Boston's Torey Krug and St. Louis' David Perron would get tangled up at 6:13 of the period, resulting in another pair of offsetting penalties.

With Perron back in the box for holding later in the first, Pastrnak connected on a one-timer that trickled past Binnington after the goaltender got a piece for a 1-0 Bruins lead at 14:59. Brad Marchand assisted to extend his points streak to nine games, while Pastrnak has points in eight straight.

The Bruins have also scored power-play goals in six consecutive contests.

Boston doubled its lead at 9:31 of the second period when Bjork took advantage of a 3-on-2 to one-time a shot into the top of the net and end a 17-game goalless drought. Grzelcyk and Danton Heinen assisted.

Rask survived a hectic St. Louis power play midway through the second to preserve his clean sheet. The Blues went 0-for-4 on the man advantage.

St. Louis played without forward Vladimir Tarasenko, who is out at least through Sunday's game at Detroit with an upper-body injury sustained Thursday.

--Field Level Media

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