2019 NHL Finals Have Been an Instant Classic
The winner of the Stanley Cup will be decided tonight in Beantown. The St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins face off in a winner-takes-all game at TD Garden in Boston. The Blues entered Game 6 with a 3-2 series lead and an opportunity to capture the franchise’s first Cup in front of their home crowd. A determined Bruins squad had different plans. They rallied around their injured captain, Zdeno Chara, and shut down the Blues en route to a 5-1 victory. Now Boston will have their home crowd rooting them on as they look to capture the franchise’s seventh Stanley Cup and second championship in 10 years. Home teams own a 12-4 record in Game 7’s of the Stanley Cup Finals. The road club has won each of the last two. They were Pittsburgh in 2009 and Boston in 2011.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, Sportsnet, TVAS LINE: Bruins -1.5 +155, Blues +1.5 -175, Bruins -175; O/U: 5.5 Under -155.
Game 6 was a return to form for the Bruins. Tuukka Rask made 28 saves, and the beat-up Boston defense held the Blues to just one goal. That was despite a raucous, and rambunctious, St. Louis crowd looking for any opportunity to celebrate.
For the St. Louis Blues, Game 7 will be the final test in a season that’s been an uphill battle. After coming back from last place overall in the league, the Blues’ season has been defined by their resilience and heart. Rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington and the Blues will look to defy the odds once again and defeat the Bruins as 1.5-goal road underdogs.
This, That, and a Dart Throw
The City of Boston prepares to host its first Game 7 in a championship round since the NBA’s Celtics in 1984. The core group of Bruins have done so pretty recently. Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, David Krejci, captain Zdeno Chara and Tuukka Rask previously traveled this terrain by in Vancouver in 2011. St. Louis’ chances for its first championship in franchise history looked bleak at best just three days into the calendar year. The club residing in the basement of the league’s standings. You can see the results of their hard work and maturity during the long NHL season. That is nothing to be taken lightly in a Game 7.
The Blues‘ Ryan O’Reilly has scored four goals and set up another in his last three games to push his overall playoff point total to 21. He has seven goals and 14 assists that match a franchise record with Hall of Famers Doug Gilmour (1986), Bernie Federko (1986) and Brett Hull (1990). Jordan Binnington yielded four goals on 31 shots in a 5-1 setback in Game 6. He will have a second chance to set the single postseason rookie win total of 16 should he rebound after a loss. The 25-year-old has posted a 7-2 mark with a 1.86 goals-against average in games after defeats in the playoffs.
The Bruins‘ Rask added to his potential Conn Smythe Trophy-winning resume in Game 6. He turned aside 28 shots on Sunday, including 12 while St. Louis was on the power play. The 2014 Vezina Trophy recipient sports a sparkling .938 save percentage in the playoffs. That is a total that elevates to .973 (145 saves on 149 shots) in elimination games. Rask served as a backup to Tim Thomas on Boston’s 2011 championship-winning team. He was stellar for all but a disastrous 17-second span in the Bruins’ eventual Stanley Cup Final run that resulted in a heartbreaking loss to Chicago.
The Dart Throw: Bruins 3. Blues 2
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Stanley Cup Finals Betting Odds & Trends
|St. Louis Blues
|St. Louis is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis’s last 7 games
|St. Louis is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
|St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis’s last 6 games when playing Boston
|St. Louis is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games when playing on the road against Boston
|Boston is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games
|Boston is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 6 games
|Boston is 6-14 ATS in its last 20 games at home
|Boston is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 6 games at home
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 6 games when playing St. Louis
|Boston is 5-12-2 SU in its last 19 games when playing at home against St. Louis
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