2019 Stanley Cup Finals Preview: Bruins v. Blues
Boston, MA– It feels like a long time since we have had a Boston Bruins hockey game to enjoy. After the Bruins swept the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Finals, they were forced to play the waiting game to see who would win the Western Conference in the series between the St. Louis Blues and the San Jose Sharks.
Ultimately, the Blues won in six games. Tonight, the Bruins will face off against the Blues in Boston for game one of the Stanley Cup finals, after more than a week off. Obviously, more rest can always benefit a team, but too much rest can definitely hamper the momentum that the Bruins had soundly established. Hopefully, with the extended break given to the Blues, as well, the teams will be on even playing ground and the Bruins will not be too out of it.
The team is rolling out all the stops, too, so as to make sure that the Bruins do not get stir crazy to the point of detriment. For example, the team, in accordance with JetBlue, unveiled the new Bruins-themed airplane, “Bear Force One,” which will charter the Bruins to St. Louis later this week in style.
The plane looks sharp, but not as sharp as the team has throughout recent games. After a slow start, the offense has come alive for Boston. As coveted as the team’s depth has been for the fact that any player can score at literally anytime, the Bruins definitely needed their stars, like Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak, to wake back up. They definitely rose to the challenge against Carolina, as that trio recorded 14 points between them.
An even more stellar performer this post-season has been Tuukka Rask. Throughout the playoffs, Rask has a .942 save percentage and 517 total saves. That is astounding. Rask has undoubtedly been the league’s playoff MVP, and he has performed at an elite level for months now.
If Rask can keep his stellar play going against the Blues, then the Bruins will have the advantage on offense and goaltending. St. Louis has a solid defense, but Boston’s power play percentage (fifteen percent more successful than the Blues’) can easily break through that. My final prediction for the championship is that the Bruins will win in five games! Let’s go Boston!