NHL: Stanley Cup Finals Series Preview

Just two teams remain in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and fans should be treated with a terrific matchup in the Finals. The Boston Bruins will have home ice advantage over the St. Louis Blues after posting a better record during the regular season. Boston was the champion of the Eastern Conference after three very impressive series wins. The Bruins eliminated the Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets in six games before sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Finals. St. Louis has been an underdog throughout their postseason run, but it hasn't slowed them down. The Blues were able to get past the Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars, and San Jose Sharks to reach the finals. The Boston Bruins are the favorites at -161 to win the Stanley Cup while the Blues have opened up at +141.

Bruins Don't Give Up Many Goals

Defense and goaltending has carried the Boston Bruins all season long, and they didn't change up that formula in the postseason. Goaltender Tuukka Rask has been extremely impressive in the playoffs, and has stopped over 94 percent of the shots he has faced. The Bruins are giving up just under two goals per game as a team, and they know how to control the puck and eliminate chances for their opponents.

Even though defense has carried the Bruins during this run, they still have plenty of offensive weapons at their disposal. Brad Marchand notched 100 points during the regular season, and he has led the way in the playoffs as well. Marchand leads the team with 11 assists and 18 points in the postseason, and Patrice Bergeron has tallied a team-high eight goals. The Bruins are a veteran group and they know the importance of cashing in on their offensive opportunities.

St. Louis Offense Coming Alive

The St. Louis Blues were not a great offensive team for much of the season, but their offense has been clicking of late. The Blues scored five goals in each of their last two wins over the Sharks and they have plenty of weapons as well. Jaden Schwartz leads the Blues with 12 goals and 16 points during this playoff run, and Vladimir Tarasenko is getting hot as well. St. Louis will face a hot goaltender in Rask, but they have plenty of momentum.

St. Louis has a rookie goaltender in net for them, but he has been getting better with each game as well. Jordan Binnington struggled at times throughout the playoffs, but has stopped 91 percent of the shots he has faced. The Blues were also a great defensive team during the regular season, and were able to shutdown a great Sharks team

Blues Finish Off Miraculous Season

Don't expect a ton of scoring in this season as both teams feature terrific goaltending. Even without a ton of goals being scored, this should be a terrific series that will last six or seven games. The Bruins have the experience, but the St. Louis story is just too hard to ignore. The Blues were the worst team in the NHL in January, but have been on a tear ever since. Betting the St. Louis Blues +141 to win the Stanley Cup Finals is the right play.