Boston Bruins vs.

St. Louis blues

PHIL STACEY

MATT WILLIAMS

2019 STANLEY CUP FINAL

Top line scoring

Bruins’ ‘Perfection Line’ must equal or surpass Blues’ Schwartz/Schenn/Tarasenko trio on the scoresheet.

Edge

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Bruins

As long as Pastrnak remains on top trio, Boston’s top line is peerless.

Edge

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Bruins

Forward depth

Blues are getting goals from 4th line, but don’t have Boston’s top-to-bottom talent up front.

Edge

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Bruins

Among the top nine, it’s advantage Boston. But the Blues’ 4th line could make things interesting.

Edge

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Push

Power play

Boston with an otherwordly 34

percent success rate; Blues come in at a pedestrian 19.4%.

Edge

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Bruins

As a short fellow, I’m not about to go against what Torey Krug and Matt

Grzelcyk mean to Boston’s man-up unit.

Edge

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Bruins

Defense

Bruins have skill (McAvoy), snarl (Chara) and scoring (Krug), but St. Louis is big and mean.

Edge

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Push

The Big four on each side are even, but St. Louis’ third pairing could make the difference in close games.

Edge

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Blues

Goaltending

Rookie Jordan Binnington is a huge reason St. Louis is in the Final, but Tuukka Rask is the planet’s best goalie right now.

Edge

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Bruins

Though he’s been lights out in their wins, Jordan Binnington’s save percentage is only .914.

Edge

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Bruins

Coaching

Bruce Cassidy and Craig Berube have pushed all the right buttons thus far, but Cassidy has been at it longer.

Edge

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Bruins

Bruce Cassidy has beaten Mike Babcock in a series in back-to-back seasons; enough said.

Edge

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Bruins

Intangibes

Bruins will have had 11 days between games when Game 1 begins. Blues are playing with house money after being last in NHL standings on Jan. 2.

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Push

The Blues’ victory song ‘Gloria’ may be the catchier tune, but home ice is the more important element here.

Edge

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Bruins

X-Factor

Schwartz had 11 regular season goals but already has a dozen in the playoffs. Can Chara, Brandon Carlo & Co. slow he and the dangerous Tarasenko (8 goals) down?

Look for the winner of the Ryan O’Reilly vs. David Krejci matchup to ultimately hoist the Cup.

Stanley Cup champ

Bruins in 5

Bruins in 6

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