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Blues Given -300 Odds to Win Stanley Cup After Taking 3-2 Series Lead Over Bruins

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The St. Louis Blues are one win away from the Stanley Cup and are favored to beat the Boston Bruins for the first time in the Cup final series. Photo from @globeandmail (Twitter)
  • The St. Louis Blues have grabbed a 3-2 lead on the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final
  • For the first time in the series, Bovada lists the Blues as -300 favorites to win the Cup
  • St. Louis has never won the Stanley Cup

St. Louis is a win away from the Stanley Cup and suddenly, it’s the Boston Bruins who have the blues.

A 2-1 win at TD Garden not only pushed the Blues to within a victory of the first Stanley Cup win in franchise history, it gave St. Louis some cred with the sportsbooks for the first time in the series.

Bovada nows lists the Blues as -300 favorites to win the Cup.

St. Louis Blues vs Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Final Odds

Team 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final Odds at Bovada
St. Louis Blues -300
Boston Bruins +250

*Odds taken 06/07/19

Prior to this, the best odds on St. Louis came after a Game 2 overtime win at Boston. The Blues were even-money to cop the Cup at that point.

Following their Game 4 victory to tie the series at 2-2, the Blues still weren’t the chalk. They were listed as +150 underdogs to capture the Cup.

Road Game Blues

Normally, heading home with a 3-2 lead in the Stanley Cup final would be a good omen for a team. But for St. Louis, home is not where the heart has been during these playoffs.

The 4-2 win over the Bruins in Game 4 allowed the Blues to pull even at home in the postseason with six wins and six losses. Only the 1922-23 Ottawa Senators (0-1) have ever won the Stanley Cup while posting a losing record on home ice.

Then again, should things go to a Game 7 in Boston, the Blues could make history. They’d be in line to win their first Stanley Cup.

On top of that, a Game 7 victory would move St. Louis into a tie for the most away wins in a single playoff year in NHL history.

Perfection Petrified

Boston’s top forward unit of Patrice Bergeron between Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak is referred to as the Perfection Line. However, that trio has been anything but perfect in this series.

They are still looking for their first five-on-five goal of the postseason. Meanwhile, the top St. Louis line of Brayden Schenn, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz has fired three goals while playing five-on-five.

St. Louis center Ryan O’Reilly has matched Bergeron, among the NHL’s top faceoff men, win-for-win at the dot in the series.

Bet You in St. Louis?

The Bruins look like a broken club. Injuries have afflicted three of their top six defenders. Captain Zdeno Chara gamely played Game 5 with a suspected broken jaw.

If both teams were healthy, you’d lean toward Boston. But they aren’t. The Blues are winning this war of attrition. Still, they’d be wise to wrap things up in Game 6.

Play a unit on the Blues in the moneyline, and another unit on them to win the series.

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