St. Louis One Win from First Stanley Cup TitleBy David A.
A highly controversial no-call during Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals aided in the St. Louis Blue winning 2-1 to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the best of seven series.
Jordan Binnington stopped 39 shots during Game 5 for St. Louis and the Blues are now -125 favorites to win on Sunday, while a fuming Boston is -105.
In Sunday’s Game 5, look for the Bruins to bounce back with a win on the road to even the series 3-3 and send it back to TD Garden in Boston for a deciding Game 7. The Bruins have not lost three straight since the middle of March and will be carrying a chip on their collective shoulders thanks to the no-call in Game 5.
Interesting Postseason Stats for Boston and St. Louis:
- Louis is 6-6 straight up and 2-10 against the spread in 12 home games during the playoffs. During the Stanley Cups Finals the Blues are 1-1 SU with Boston winning 7-2 in Game 1 and St. Louis 4-2 in Game 2.
- Boston in 10 games on the road this postseason is 7-3 SU and 9-1 ATS.
- The total has cashed UNDER in 6 of the 10 Bruins away game with a 5.4 combined scoring average. The OVER has cashed in 6 of 12 home games for the Blues with a 5.58 combined scoring average.
- Louis has scored 13 goals and Boston 16 through the first five games of the Finals, while St. Louis has taken 145 shots on net and the Bruins 147.
- The top Boston line of Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand has just one point when 5-on-5 through five games and that was a Game 1 empty net score.
- Boston goalie Tuukka Rask as a goals against average of 2.39 and save percentage of .917 during the Cup Finals, while St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington has a goals against of 2.85 and save percentage of .908.