Unfortunately, Game 5 did not end in our favor, as each team’s goalie was hot and the Blues found a way to squeak another one out on the road. Now, St. Louis is up 3-2 with an opportunity to clinch their first-ever Stanley Cup in franchise history at home on Sunday night. In what could be the final hockey game of the 2018-19 season, we have the best bets of the night for Bruins-Blues Game 6.
Blues To WIN (-120) vs. Bruins
Center Ryan O’Reilly and goaltender Jordan Binnington have been the stars for St. Louis over the last two games. Binnington had an awful performance in Game 3 that resulted in a 7-2 loss and a 2-1 series lead for Boston at the time. Since then, he’s notched two straight wins and has only given up three goals in the process. In addition, he racked up 39 saves in the Blues’ 2-1 win in Game 5. O’Reilly has carried the load on the offensive end, scoring four points in the last two games. The two-way stud scored two goals in a 4-2 Game 4 win and followed it up with a goal and assist in Game 5. There’s no doubt that if St. Louis closes it out on Sunday, one of those two individuals will be hoisting the Conn Symthe trophy.
As for the game itself, the Blues have completely stolen the momentum in the series. Since Blues coach Craig Berube complained about the refs following Game 3, everything has been going in their favor. Boston coach Bruce Cassidy made mention of that in his postgame press conference on Thursday, which has led to some controversial theories. Nevertheless, St. Louis is now 6-5 straight-up against the Bruins over the last three seasons. Consider betting on the home team (-120) in this one.
St. Louis makes history at home
As it stands right now, the St. Louis Blues are the oldest franchise in the NHL to never have won a Stanley Cup. The franchise was established in 1967 and quickly splashed onto the scene by making it to the Final in 1968, 1969 and 1970. With that being said, 2019 is their only other appearance in the Stanley Cup Final, which means it’s been quite some time since Blues’ fans have had something to cheer about.
In addition, with a win on Sunday, the Blues will become the first team in four years to win the Cup on home ice. It will be something that the city of St. Louis could certainly use, especially after watching the Los Angeles Rams – formerly the St. Louis Rams – make it all the way to the Super Bowl this past football season.