The Stanley Cup, the ultimate prize. It is time to decide who wins it all and who loses it all. Both the Blues and Bruins have defeated formidable foes to get where they are right now. The Bruins have beaten the Maple Leafs, Blue Jackets and Hurricanes. They have been beaten physically and have faced teams with great skill. They have survived and overcome.
The story is very similar for the Blues. They have faced skilled and physical teams but their coaching and goaltending changes have carried them to this point. The Blues strength in keeping the pressure on opposing teams is remarkable. Opposing teams find it hard to get out of their own zone and the Blues are registering many takeaways every game. They have had a couple of rough spots but their determination has brought them here. Jordan Binnington is more than likely going to play very well during the Cup Final and will be one of their biggest keys to success.
Boston’s Bruins are similarly outstanding. Their goaltender, Tuukka Rask has been fantastic throughout the postseason and is a seasoned veteran. He should be great in the Finals like Binnington. Boston’s whole core is full of veterans and this will be a big factor for them. Both defenses have been good this postseason so I expect a very defensive Stanley Cup Final. 2-1 games should be expected. Furthermore, both of these teams are so close in skill I would be looking out for a couple OT games also.
It will be an emotionally intense series as always. I would say the real battle will be between Boston’s Stanley Cup experience and the Blues’ ability to adapt to that experience. In this case though, I believe these factors will cancel each other out. It is a classic example of who wants it more. The answer to that question is simple. The Blues will win in seven games. They have never won a cup and were counted out from stage one. They are about to end a history of failure and bad Finals play. Never ever count the Bruins out though. They are a truly tough opponent for the Blues. It should be a much better Stanley Cup Final than last year’s.
Get ready, the greatest trophy in sports is on the line.