Stanley Cup outright odds (As of May 24)
St. Louis Blues: 2.20
Boston Bruins: 1.68
It seemed like one of the most unlikely Stanley Cup Final matchups shortly after the midway point of the regular season.
The St. Louis Blues had dug their way out of last place in the overall standings, where they stood at the beginning of January, but they were still chasing a playoff spot in the Western Conference and had plenty of teams ahead of them when the Blues and Boston Bruins met back on Jan. 17.
After 82 regular season games and three rounds of the playoffs, the once unlikely has become reality – the Blues and Bruins meet in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday.
Stanley Cup Final Betting Breakdown
The Blues enter this series as the underdogs. Their odds to win the Stanley Cup outright were 2.20 at PlayNow.com as of Friday morning, while the Bruins are the favourites with odds of 1.68 to win it all, carrying the hopes of a city that has gone almost four full months without a major championship.
To this point in the NHL season, about 16.7 per cent of money wagered on the Stanley Cup outright market is on the Bruins, while 6.72 per cent is on the Blues to win what would be their first Stanley Cup title in franchise history.
With that said, the Blues seem to be gaining momentum with bettors prior to puck drop of Game 1. Since St. Louis booked their ticket to the Final, about 67 per cent of bets coming in have been on the Blues to win the Cup.
At one point in the NHL season, the Blues had odds of 70.00 to win the Cup. It’s been a remarkable turnaround for them, going from the basement to the Final – a series they have not qualified for since 1970.
One of the reasons for the turnaround was the play of goalie Jordan Binnington for St. Louis. Called up from the AHL midway through the season, Binnington’s play led to him being named one of three finalists for the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie.
Binnington now has odds of 4.70 to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Playoff MVP, while at the other end of the rink, Bruins puckstopper Tuukka Rask is the favourite to claim this particular piece of hardware, with odds of 1.74 at PlayNow.com.
Rask, 32, has been terrific in these playoffs.
In 17 games, Rask has a 12-5 record with a .942 save percentage, which is above his career playoff save percentage of .928 and well above the .912 save percentage he posted during the regular season.
Interesting, because he endured a dip in his play late in the season, leading to concern about how he might fare in the playoffs. Instead, he closed out the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round with a shut out and then did the same to the Carolina Hurricanes to complete the sweep in the Eastern Conference Final.
Meanwhile, Brad Marchand – everyone’s favourite and the most lovable player in NHL history – is the favourite to lead the Stanley Cup Final series in points with odds of 4.40. His teammate, David Pastrnak, has odds of 6.25 at PlayNow.com.
Marchand is currently second in playoff points with 18, two behind Logan Couture of the now-eliminated Sharks and two ahead of Blues forward Jaden Schwartz.
The Blues currently have Money Line odds of 2.35 to win Game 1 in Boston.