Stanley Cup Final St Louis Blues vs. Boston Bruins

Blues Open as NHL Betting Odds Stanley Cup Dog to Bruins

May 22nd, 2019 NHL Hockey

“Gloria!”  Indeed, that is the battle cry of the Blues and the entire city of St. Louis.  The 1980’s disco classic by Laura Branigan has become the somewhat official victory song that blares at Enterprise Center after a Blues win.  For the first time since 1970 St. Louis is in the Stanley Cup Final.  They have opened as the NHL betting online underdog to the Boston Bruins.  However, the Blues are dangerous and capable dogs.  In fact, they have climbed from the worst record in the NHL on January 3.  St. Louis literally rose from the dead!

Stanley Cup Final:  St Louis Blues vs. Boston Bruins

Date and Time:  Series Opens Monday, May 27, 2019

Location:  Enterprise Center, St. Louis Missouri and TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

NHL Betting Online Odds at SBG:

Blues+1½ (-200)5½ (+115)+145
Bruins-1½ (+170)5½ (-135)-165
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Blues vs. Bruins TV Coverage: NBCSN and NBC

Stanley Cup Final

Now the this will be a best of seven series. Boston will host games one and two.  St. Louis will host games three and four.  If necessary, game five would return to Boston.  Following that would be a game six at St. Louis.  A seventh and deciding game would be in Boston.  Boston last won the Stanley Cup in 2011.  Meanwhile the Blues have never won it.  Their last appearance in the Final was 1970.  Ironically, against the Bruins.  Of course, Boston won the series with the “Flying Bobby” overtime goal by Bobby Orr.

The “Gloria” of a Miracle

On the whole a last place team at midseason making it to the Stanley Cup Final is unprecedented.  When the Blues fired head coach Mike Yeo, they were pronounced dead and buried.  Interim coach Craig Berube gambled everything on a rookie goaltender named Jordan Binnington.  The rest is history.

Top Blues

Jordan Schwartz epitomizes the Blues NHL betting online success story.  Consider that Schwartz had only 11 goals in 69 regular season games.  But in the playoffs, he already has 12 tallies in 19 games.  Then there is the rookie Binnington.  In the playoffs he has a 9.14 save percentage with a 2.36 goals against average.  Most important of all he has played with the clam of a seasoned veteran.  Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo has two goals with 11 assists.

Top Bruins

Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask has been virtually impenetrable. For example, Rask has a playoff save percentage of .942 with a 1.84 goals against average.  Along the same lines Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak are key Offshore betting assets.  The left wing tandem has seven goals each.  Defenseman Tory Krug has a goal with 11 assists as top blue liner.

The Coaches

Bruce Cassidy has emerged as one of the bright young coaches in the game.  To illuminate he has triggered a complete 200-foot game out of the Bruins.  By contrast Craig Berube’s focus and drive was essential in getting the Blues through the Western Conference.

Matchup to Watch

In this situation Boston has the NHL Betting online matchup advantage based on superior depth and Tuukka Rask.  While the Blues command respect they don’t quite have the Bruins firepower.

Blues vs. Bruins NHL Betting Online Picks

On the whole the Boston Bruins have more than the Blues.

NHL Betting Online Pick: Boston Bruins

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