It’s safe to say that Game 6 didn’t go our way, as the Bruins were all over the Blues from the start. St. Louis remains the oldest franchise in the NHL without a Stanley Cup, as they were unable to close it out at home on Sunday. Now, Boston looks to become the first team in four years to clinch the Cup on home ice.
Tuukka Rask stepped it up in Game 6, only allowing one goal while notching 28 saves. As a result, he has shot back up to the top of the Conn Smythe odds (-155). With that being said, it is anyone’s game, and St. Louis has already won two games in Boston this series. Check out our NHL betting rundown for the best bets of the night for Stanley Cup Game 7.
Rask, Bruins clinch title at home (-170)
The Blues have shown us time and again that they cannot be counted out; however, they surrendered the momentum at home in Game 6. After getting annihilated 7-2 in Game 3 and falling behind 2-1 in the series, St. Louis battled back to tie the series and then take a 3-2 lead on the road. Sunday was the perfect opportunity for them to clinch the first Cup title in franchise history. Jordan Binnington was rolling between the pipes, and all signs were pointing towards a parade under the Arch. Then, the wheels fell off in the third period, and the Bruins ran away with a 5-1 series-tying victory.
The numbers favor Boston at home in Game 7. First, a team that wins Game 6 and forces a Game 7 has gone on to win the series 58.5 percent of the time. Furthermore, when the road team wins Game 6 on the road to force a Game 7 at home, that team has hoisted the Cup four of five times. Home team in Game 7 of any playoff series are 104-73 (.586), but more specifically, home teams in Game 7 of the Cup Final are 12-4 (.750).
In addition, the Game 7 experience leans in Boston’s favor, as well. The Bruins’ leaders Zdeno Chara (13), Patrice Bergeron (11), Brad Marchand (8) and Rask (5) have combined to make 37 Game 7 appearances. On the flip side, the Blues played and won a Game 7 earlier this postseason, which was Binnington’s lone appearance in a winner-take-all contest. Carl Gunnarsson and Pat Maroon lead St. Louis with four Game 7 appearances apiece, but aside from them, there isn’t much to lean on in this scenario.