Stanley Cup Finals: A look Inside the St. Louis Blues vs Boston Bruins

With three grueling rounds of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs being finished, there is still one more grueling round to go and that’s the NHL Stanley Cup Finals. The St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins had different paths in reaching this point.

St. Louis was the worst team in the league in January. Head Coach Craig Berube had this team believing in one another.

Goaltender Jordan Binnington has been a stud ever since being called up in January. He gave the Blues a spark big time. They caught fire and because of it, St. Louis is now in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 49 years.

They will get all of the noise and glory heading into the NHL Stanley Cup Finals. However, the Boston Bruins had the second most points in the NHL throughout the regular season and they have been overshadowed this entire postseason and Boston honestly doesn’t care.

Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronDavid Pastrnak is the best first line in the NHL right now.

Pastrnak (7 goals and 8 assists, plus/minus 7), Marchand (7 goals and 11 assists, plus/minus 6), and goaltender Tuukka Rask (12-5 record, .942 save percentage, 1.84 GAA, 2 shutouts) are the three favorites to win the Conn Smythe Trophy if the Boston Bruins win the Stanley Cup.

Potential X-Factors for Boston: David Krejci, Charlie Coyle, and Danton Heinen.

Players who could touch cup first other than captain Zdeno Chara: Charlie Coyle, Marcus Johansson, and David Backes.

The possible Conn Smythe Favorites for the St. Louis Blues right now is either forward Jaden Schwartz (12 goals and 4 assists, plus/minus 6), forward Ryan O’Reilly (3 goals and 11 assists, plus/minus -3, forward Vladimir Tarasenko (8 goals and 5 assists, plus/minus -5), and goaltender Jordan Binnington (12-7 record, .914 save percentage, 2.37 GAA, one shutout).

Potential X-Factors for St. Louis: forward Sammy Blais, forward Alexander Steen, defenseman Vince Dunn, and forward Robert Thomas.

Players who could touch cup first other than captain Alex Pietrangelo: Ryan O’Reilly, David Perron, and Pat Maroon.

The Stanley Cup Finals will begin on Monday night in Boston. The Stanley Cup might be the best trophy to win in all of sports.

The series itself: (C3) St. Louis Blues vs (A2) Boston Bruins: 

Both of these teams play a heavy style of hockey. Thus defense and goaltending will most likely even each other out in this series. Boston had the second most points in the NHL during the regular season. They have a much better offense than St. Louis does. The reverse sweep has been a real thing this postseason. The New York Islanders swept the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round, the Carolina Hurricanes swept the New York Islanders in the second round, and the Boston Bruins swept the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Finals.

I would find it hard to fathom to see St. Louis sweep Boston for a couple of reasons. The first reason is I think the Bruins are a much better team than the Blues are and number two, Boston played in a tougher eastern conference and the western conference wasn’t as tough, but St. Louis had a tough road to get to this point. I wouldn’t be surprised if this series went to distance.

The Boston Bruins are looking to win their seventh title in franchise history and first since 2011. The St. Louis Blues have reached the finals during the first three years in franchise history. The last time they made it to the NHL Stanley Cup Finals was back in 1970. In fact, they played each other that year as well in the finals. These two teams also won one game apiece against each other during the regular season. The pick: Boston in 7.

Are you looking forward to the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Finals between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues? Leave a comment below.

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