Stanley Cup Finals 2019 Predictions After Game 4
After the St. Louis Blues pulled off the victory in Game Four against the Boston Bruins, the Stanley Cup Finals turns into a three-game series. Odds on the series have closed in after the Bruins opened as moderate favourites to win. Judging after four games these playoffs, this series is either teams to win. The Bruins have a bit of an edge as they have more experience, especially between the pipes and hold home ice.
Odds to Win Stanley Cup Finals after Game Four
- Boston Bruins -152
- St. Louis Blues +125
Predictions after Game Four of the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals
After trading wins through the first four games, odds to win the Stanley Cup are closing in. When the St. Louis Blues opened the series, NHL Stanley Cup Finals odds were less in their favourite. However, having some great defence and the ability to shake off the effect of the 7-2 loss in Game Three, has seen online sportsbooks adjust odds in the Blues favour (although they are still underdogs).
However, the Blues still need to win at least one more game in Boston to win the Cup. The Bruins are playing great hockey at home. They have only lost back-to-back games in Boston once this postseason. The Blues also need more consistency from goaltender Jordan Binnington.
Binnington has shown resiliency this postseason and is within one win of tying the most wins after a loss in a single postseason. While his abilities to bounce back was huge in Game Four, he needs to put together at least two great games in a row if the Blues are to win the series.
Unlike Binnington, Bruins’ goaltender Tuukka Rask has been remarkably consistent. Rask leads all goaltenders with a .938 save percentage and a 1.96 GAA. Even in the Bruins two losses in the Finals, Rask has been vital in keeping the game close. Rask has posted a .900 or better save percentage in every game this postseason and only once (in 21 games) allowed more than three goals in a game.
With three games left, betting on Rask to have at least two more clutch performances is a better bet than taking Binnington and St. Louis. Even with Zdeno Chara injured, the Bruins’ are just as physical as the Blues and have a deeper team overall. Expect the series to go to Game Seven (-116) and for the Bruins to win a dramatic Game Seven at home.
Pick: Boston Bruins to Win the 2019 Stanley Cup (-152)
Conn Smythe Trophy Odds
A tight series and some great underdog options are making this year’s Conn Smythe Trophy one of the more exciting races in recent Finals.
If the Boston Bruins Win the Stanley Cup
The Boston Bruins balance attack through four games means picking the best Bruins to win the Conn Smythe is a challenge. As multiple Bruins have put in three or four points in the Finals, choosing the value (or a few good values) is the smart wager.
Looking at the list of Bruins, one worth a wager is Charlie Coyle. Coyle joined the Bruins around the trade deadline this season. In 21 regular season games with the Bruins, Coyle only mustered six points. However, the last 21 games for Coyle (all playoffs) have been an entirely different story.
Coyle has 16 points in the playoffs, shooting 25.0% with a +6 rating. The Massachusetts native is averaging a point per game in the Finals. At +3000 odds, Coyle is as worthy a wager as any of the Bruins other players.
Pick: Charlie Coyle +3000 to Win 2019 Conn Smythe
If the St. Louis Blues Win the Stanley Cup
After a big game in a pivotal Game Four win, forward Ryan O’Reilly is offering up some great NHL odds. O’Reilly netted two goals in the Blues win, to give him four points in over the first four games of the Finals.
O’Reilly ties for third in points these playoffs with 18 (as many as teammate Jaden Schwartz) and only three behind Brad Marchand for most points this postseason. O’Reilly was a longshot to win the Conn Smythe when the Finals started (+4000).
While O’Reilly has been great all year and through the playoffs, most online sportsbooks had Jaden Schwartz, Jordan Binnington and Vladimir Tarasenko as the top options on the Blues. However, four games into the Finals has O’Reilly as the most impressive Blues player.
Pick to Win Conn Smythe: Ryan O’Reilly (+4000)
Game Five Preview
The first four games of been the tale of two teams. When Boston shows up, they push around the Blues and look much superior. When the Blues show up, the games are physical and defensive. The Blues block shoots and hit often. Their strategy has worked well at limiting shots in victories.
The problem, and more so for the Blues, is teams in the Finals have struggled to put together two consecutive quality games. The Bruins have played better in losses than the Blues. The Blues were laughed out of the building in Game Three, while the Bruins kept both losses close.
The Bruins only have straight losses once in these playoffs. Also as mentioned earlier, Binnington has struggled after wins. The move back to Boston will help the Bruins and the time between games should help both teams look healthy in Game Five (another boost for Boston).
Pick: Boston Bruins to Win Game Five (-162)
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