Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final is upon us in Boston. It might not be a shock to see the Blues and Bruins going to a Game 7, but the way we got here was a bit unpredictable. Home-ice advantage hasn’t meant much in this series, highlighted by a Blues’ loss in Game 6 with a chance to close out the Bruins and win the Cup in St. Louis.
Tuukka Rask came up big and the Blues have to take a flight to Boston to attempt to win a Game 7. Rask stopped 28 shots and the offense rolled over Jordan Binnington for 4 goals. The Bruins added an empty netter to do nothing but alter winning and losings bets on the total. I’ve been there before with losing an UNDER wager on an empty net. It doesn’t feel great, but those ones usually have a way of evening out in the long run.
Five different Bruins got on the board, with Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak predictably leading the way. They each notched 2 points for another productive night at the office. If the Bruins win Game 7, you’re likely to see either or both of them getting on the board and being a nuisance for the Blues again.
With the Bruins winning in St. Louis, it marked the fourth time in this series that a home team has lost. The Blues have already won two games at TD Garden and they’re going to have to make it a third to win the Stanley Cup. The Bruins were such a good team at home throughout the regular season and in the playoffs up until this series. Rask is typically in his element at home in Boston. In any event, the Blues have shown that they have the ability to win in a hostile environment. Head below for our free Blues vs. Bruins Game 7 pick in the Stanley Cup Final.
St. Louis Blues vs. Boston Bruins Game 7 Pick
The Blues didn’t look like the same team in St. Louis that we witnessed in Game 5 at TD Garden. With that said, the Bruins outshot the Blues considerably in that Game 5. While the Blues were generating scoring chances around Rask, they got just 2 and leaned on Binnington to save the day. Binnington was the major difference between Game 5 and 6.
He sent back 38 shots in Game 5 and then came up short with a chance to win the Stanley Cup. Could it have been the pressure getting to him? Binnington has been unreal for the Blues in the second-half of the season, and is a big reason why they’re in the position they are now.
However, it’s definitely a lot to ask from a rookie in his first season in the NHL. He started only 30 games in the regular season and then he was thrusted into the Stanley Cup Final just months later. Binnington and the Blues beat the Sharks in Game 7 in the second-round, so this will be the second Game 7 of his young career.
Rask has played in countless meaningful games throughout his career. When it matters most, Rask has shouldered the load and excelled for the Bruins. Note that he is 5-0 in the 2019 when the Bruins have had a chance to clinch or fight off elimination.
He is 1st in the postseason with a 1.93 GAA and 0.938 save percentage. Conversely, Binnington enters with a 2.52 GAA and 0.911 save percentage. They’ve already come from behind and erased a 3-2 deficit against the Maple Leafs. Expect Binnington to buckle under the pressure, while Rask plays cool and collected at home in Game 7. The Blues winning three games in Boston is asking a lot. Consider going with the Bruins to hoist the Stanley Cup, broken jaw and all for Zdeno Chara.