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The 2019 Stanley Cup Finals will conclude this evening with a thrilling Game 7 between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues. Lord Stanleys Cup is up for grabs in this winner-take-all showdown, which was set up by a back-and-forth series full of excitement. The Bruins were able to stave off elimination by winning Game 6 on the road this past Sunday, piling up scores during a 5-1 rout of their opponent. The Blues certainly wont be demoralized by that showing, however, something they have proven by bouncing back plenty of times during the series. Remember, St. Louis won an overtime Game 2 in hostile territory and picked up a Game 5 win in Boston to put their foe on the ropes before falling in the most recent meeting. The Blues will be underdogs on Wednesday evening, but it's likely to end up a hard-fought, evenly matched contest that comes down to the wire.
Oddsmakers opened betting with the Bruins as -170 favorites for Game 7, but a deluge of pro-Bs cash has since caused them to become even larger chalk at -180. With just a few hours before the puck drops, 60% of total bets and 74% of all dollars wagered on the moneyline is for Boston. The Blues arent a popular pick against the spread either, as 57% of bets and 89% of the cash is supporting the Bruins -1.5 (+160) rather than St. Louis +1.5 (-185). The total for the matchup originally was set at 5.5 goals, but the under has been a much more popular play and has forced shops to adjust the over/under for Game 7 down to 5 goals. Currently 53% of all tickets and 76% of the money is on the under side of that bet.
Will the Bruins come through for their numerous backers by earning the franchises seventh Stanley Cup with a win tonight, or will the Blues play spoiler in the TD Garden by upsetting their favored foe and claiming the organizations first ever title? Pro handicapper Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com is back with his final prediction of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs and you wont want to miss who hes picking to win on Wednesday. Before getting to the Vegas experts lean on the contest, have a look at the complete viewing guide for Game 7 in the table below. Youll also be able to find an updated NHL Playoff bracket, latest Conn Smythe odds for Stanley Cup Finals MVP, quotes, tweets and more related to this Bruins vs. Blues clash.
2019 Stanley Cup Finals Game 7 Viewing Guide
|Boston Bruins vs. St. Louis Blues||BOS 3 STL 3||8 p.m.||NBC||NBC Sports Live||BOS -180, STL +160|
2019 NHL Playoffs Bracket
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Conn Smythe Trophy - 2019 Stanley Cup Finals MVP Odds
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Boston Bruins vs. St. Louis Blues Game 7 Tweets
ESPN Stats & Info found that home teams have historically dominated Game 7s during the Stanley Cup Finals, but have lost the two most recent occurrences:
The Bruins win Game 6 over the Blues 5-1 to force a decisive Game 7.
Home teams are 12-4 all-time in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, but they've lost the last 2 such games 2011: Canucks lost to Bruins; 2009: Red Wings lost to Penguins. pic.twitter.com/XtNRBhKK27
ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 10, 2019
Adam Kaufman noted that is has been 35 years exactly since Boston has hosted a Game 7 with a major sports championship directly on the line in:
The Garden will be insane.
Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) June 10, 2019
Jeremy Rutherford quoted Craig Berube on how he wants his St. Louis players to up their intensity in the last game of the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals:
Berube said he wants to see more physicality, saying some players might have held back because of the possibility of suspension. He credited Bruins for boxing out well but said the Blues have to find a way to get inside more. #stlblues
Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) June 10, 2019
Colin Beswick clearly isnt a fan of how the Blues play:
Serious question, has there ever been a dirtier team performance in the modern era than these Blues? Like, I get it, people hate the Bruins. Fine, but these Blues are absolute trash. I had no idea they were this cheap. Went from indifferent about this team, to genuine dislike.
Colin Beswick (@CBeswick) June 10, 2019
Kevin Paul Dupont pointed out how far the Bruins have come over the last two-plus years:
Just 28 months ago, the Bruins were 26-23-6, fired their coach, looked headed for a playoff DNQ -- with a squad many in town felt was aging out, and had few legit prospects in pipeline. Tonight, Game 7 SCF.
Kevin Paul Dupont (@GlobeKPD) June 12, 2019
Big Rig Maroon reminded everyone that St. Louis has made an even faster turnaround, digging out of the NHLs basement at the start of 2019 to reach the Stanley Cup Finals:
On January 3, 2019, the St. Louis Blues were in last place.
Here we are 160 days later on June 12, 2019, playing in game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Big Rig Maroon (@NotPatMaroon) June 12, 2019
Boston Bruins at St. Louis Blues Game 7 Quotes
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Bruins defenseman Torey Krug credited the veterans in the dressing room for the grit and toughness that his team displays:
Veteran leadership, it's a big part of it. Collectively as a group, we've been able to accept all the circumstances. Regardless of what's in front of us, we accept what's happened, put it behind us, then we move forward. That's the mentality of this team. That's why we've been resilient all season, not just in the Playoffs
Blues defenseman Colton Parayko was asked if having Game 7 to fall back on helped ease the pain of losing a potential championship-clinching Game 6:
I don't know. It's nice that we're here obviously in a Game 7. It's a good opportunity for our team and for everybody involved. Obviously yesterday would have been nice. But we're still here and we have a chance to finish off now on Wednesday. That's what we're going to do. We're going to get past the last game, take the positives, just focus on Wednesday. We've been a good road team all Playoffs, all season long. We're confident. So that's good.
St. Louis head coach Craig Berube spoke about what his squad needs to improve on in order to win a title:
We kind of shuffled things around, moved guys different spots. I thought the adjustments we made for Game 6 at home, we had good looks. But I know we need results. I get that. We just got to do a better job of better shot selection, better screens, score a couple dirty goals around the net. [Tuuka] Rask, he's in good position most of the time. They do a good job with their penalty kill. It's going to take a couple dirty goals, better net presence, screens, finding rebounds. Outnumber them at the net a little bit more, try to get a couple dirty goals.
Boston head coach Bruce Cassidy talked about the pressures of having the Stanley Cup in the building and how his team fought to force a Game 7:
I thought that was the easiest way to win a game, focus on team defense, do your job, trust the guy beside you, not worry about the scoring aspect or pressuring yourself. We got good players. Eventually someone is going to step up. That's what we felt happened last night, that same formula. As for the pressure part, all that, I think we have good leadership. We talk about it a little bit before the game what's at stake, and off they go. Once the puck drops, the players play.
Blues winger Jaden Schwartz gave insight into how his team plans to execute when being boxed out:
I think getting the pucks through to start the power play is good. Get them running around a little bit, just execute. Making tape-to-tape passes, moving, getting guys low, moving it high again. I think when we're stagnant, standing still and passing it, we're not really moving their box around.
Bruins forward Sean Kuraly discussed how Boston deals with the St. Louis forecheck:
A lot of it's communication. That's maybe the first step of it. Yeah, you don't make that read all the time, but you hope you can. We just want to try trust our feet, our speed, take a couple hard strides, see where it takes you. We're trying to play with speed and pace, trust our first couple steps.
Boston Bruins at St. Louis Blues Game 7 Prediction
Pick: Bruins -180
Prediction: Bruins 2 Blues 1