The Bruins are a slight favorites to defeat the Blues in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final that starts Monday in Boston, according to Las Vegas sportsbooks (via LasVegasInsider.com).
The Eastern Conference champs opened at -160, meaning Vegas gives Boston a roughly 61 percent chance of winning the title. The Bruins, who swept the Hurricanes in the East final, opened at -150 before the Blues ousted the Sharks in Game 6 of the West final Tuesday in St. Louis.
The Blues, who opened at +140 after advancing, are trying to win the first Stanley Cup in franchise history, stretching back to 1967-68, and are appearing in the final for the first time since being swept by, yes, the Bruins in 1970.
But a little perspective: Per BetChicago‘s Joe Rodgers, the Blues were 300/1 long shots at William Hill in January to win the Stanley Cup.
Now? They’re four wins from lifting the cup for the first time.
Game 1 Monday is at 8 p.m. ET (NBC), with Game 2 set for Wednesday at 8 p.m. (NBCSN). The series then shifts to St. Louis.
2019 Stanley Cup Final Schedule
(All games 8 p.m. ET)
|Game 1||Monday||Blues at Bruins||NBC|
|Game 2||May 29||Blues at Bruins||NBCSN|
|Game 3||June 1||Bruins at Blues||NBCSN|
|Game 4||June 3||Bruins at Blues||NBC|
|Game 5*||June 6||Blues at Bruins||NBC|
|Game 6*||June 9||Bruins at Blues||NBC|
|Game 7*||June 12||Blues at Bruins||NBC|