Why the St. Louis Blues Will Win the 2019 Stanley Cup
by Scott Jack Scores & Statson
The St. Louis Blues are one of the unlikeliest teams to ever make the Stanley Cup. This isn’t because St. Louis lack talent, but they struggled out of the gate this regular season. The Blues had the worst record in the NHL on January 3rd, 2019. At the time, they were 15-18-4 (34 Points).
Starting on January 23rd and ending on February 19th, 2019, the Blues went on an 11-game winning streak, which shot them up the standings in the Central Division and built confidence.
The Blues finished 3rd in the Central Division with a 45-28-9 record (99 Points).
Let’s look at why the Blues will win the Stanley Cup Finals in 2019.
● Goaltending - Jordan Binnington
Both goalies in this series are studs and Tuukka Rask has the edge, but that doesn’t negate the fact that the Blues need rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington to continue his great form.
Binnington had a 24-5-1 record with a 1.89 GAA and .927 SV% during the regular season, and he only played his first game on January 7th, 2019. His numbers have slipped a bit during the playoffs, but he has played every game (12-7) while posting a 2.37 GAA and .914 SV%.
● Offensive Scoring Depth
The Blues set a franchise record with 13 players scoring 10+ goals during the regular season. That scoring depth has carried over to the playoffs, as 12 players have multiple goals. Jaden Schwartz leads the team with 12 goals (16 Points), but six other players have 10+ points in the playoffs.
Vladimir Tarasenko scored 5 goals in the first two series, but he had no assists. Against the Sharks, he stepped up and scored 3 goals, while adding 5 assists. The Blues need their star player to have another strong series, but it’s the scoring depth that will win the Blues their first Stanley Cup.
● Blues Will Win the 5-on-5 Battle
The Bruins have the best power play in the playoffs (34%) and ranked 3rd (25.9%) during the regular season. St. Louis needs to stay out of the box and play 5-on-5, where they have the edge. St. Louis leads the playoffs with 41 goals while playing 5-on-5 hockey. Boston ranked 2nd in goals allowed while playing 5-on-5 during the regular season (128 Goals), but the Blues offense will grind them down.
St. Louis is a hard-hitting and forechecking team that isn’t afraid of getting in the corners. They excel playing 5-on-5, as the forwards can forecheck and the defensemen get involved. Another edge for the Blues is that their defense is involved more offensively than the Bruins.
The Blues haven’t played in the Stanley Cup since 1970 when they lost in four games to Boston. You have to remember the iconic Bobby Orr diving goal in overtime to win the Cup in game 4. While it may be 49 years since that loss, the city of St. Louis would love to exact revenge on Boston.