Why the Boston Bruins Will Win the 2019 Stanley Cup
by Scott Jack Scores & Statson
The Boston Bruins deserve to be in the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Finals. Boston went 49-24-9 during the regular season and finished tied for second with the Flames for the most points (107).
Boston utilized their playoff experience to navigate through the Eastern Conference. They defeated their biggest rival, the Maple Leafs, in the opening round in seven games. After Columbus surprised everyone and swept the Lightning, things were looking even better for Boston. They went on to beat the Blue Jackets in six games and then swept the Hurricanes in the East Finals.
Everyone is speculating as to whether or not the Bruins will be sluggish to open the series. Boston last played on May 16th and won’t play again until the series starts on May 27th. The last team to have ten full days off prior to the finals were the 2003 Ducks and they lost to the Devils in seven.
I’m not putting too much stock into the extended layoff, as the Bruins boast experience. The core of this team won the Cup in 2011 against Vancouver and lost the Cup in 2013 against Chicago.
Here are the reasons why the Bruins will win the Stanley Cup in 2019.
• Goaltending - Tuukka Rask
Tuukka Rask is the best goalie in the series and he’ll need to steal a game or two. Rask has played in every Bruins playoff game this season (12-5) while posting a 1.84 GAA and .942 SV%. He already has two shutouts as well. Rask is even better when it matters most in series-clinching games.
• First Line Firepower
The Bruins first line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak is incredible. The line has combined for 22 goals and 24 assists (46 Points) in the playoffs. The Bruins have 150 points in the playoffs, which means the first line is accounting for 30.7% of the offensive production.
The trio has scored 22 of the team’s 57 playoff goals (38.6%). If they continue firing shots on net and scoring, the Blues are going to have a hard time keeping up despite having more depth.
• Power Play Scoring
Boston is a team that gets under the skin of the opposition. Marchand is especially feisty and will push the right buttons to frustrate opponents and try to draw penalties. They need to continue drawing penalties because they have the best power play in the playoffs.
The Bruins ranked 3rd this season in power-play percentage (25.9%), but they’ve converted an insane 34% of their PP opportunities in the playoffs (17 of 50). St. Louis has only killed 78% of penalties in the playoffs and allowed 9 power play goals, which is a battle Boston has to win.
Boston comes into the series with home ice advantage as well, which is always ideal, despite the stats showing home ice may not even be an advantage in the NHL. If the Bruins jump out to a quick start and win the first two games at home, it’s going to be extremely tough for the Blues to bounce back.