The Boston Bruins finally know which team they'll face in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final.
The St. Louis Blues will take on the B's for the greatest trophy in sports. Game 1 of the Cup Final is Memorial Day evening at TD Garden in Boston, so both teams have plenty of time to rest and prepare for what should be an exciting series.
The Bruins and Blues have met twice in the playoffs, including the 1970 Stanley Cup Final when Boston legend Bobby Orr won the series with his famous flying goal in overtime of Game 4. The Blues have never won a Stanley Cup, and their 51-year championship drought is tied with the Toronto Maple Leafs for the longest such streak in the NHL. St. Louis also is searching for its first Stanley Cup Final win, having gone 0-12 in its three previous appearances.
Here are some fast facts to know for the upcoming Bruins vs. Blues matchup in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final.
How they got here: The Bruins beat the Leafs in a seven-game first-round series, then dispatched the Columbus Blue Jackets in a six-game second-round matchup before sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Final. The Blues upset the Winnipeg Jets in a six-game first-round series, then defeated the Dallas Stars in a seven-game second-round series before eliminating the San Jose Sharks in six games during the Western Conference Final.
Home cooking: The Bruins will have home ice advantage in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1990. They went 3-0 at home in the 2011 Cup Final and 1-2 in the 2013 series. Boston is 6-3 at home in the 2019 playoffs. The Blues are 7-2 on the road this postseason and went 21-13-7 away from home during the regular season.
Head-to-head: The B's and Blues met twice in the regular season.
Thursday, Jan. 17 in Boston: Bruins won 5-2
Saturday, Feb 23. in St. Louis: Blues won 2-1 in a shootout
Goaltender matchup: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask is 6-2-4 with a .924 save percentage and a 2.12 GAA in 13 career games against the Blues. He's the leading Conn Smythe Trophy candidate through the first three rounds with a 12-5 record, a .942 save percentage and a 1.84 GAA. He went 1-0-1 and stopped 56 of the 59 shots he faced in two games versus St. Louis this season.
Blues netminder Jordan Binnington enjoyed a fantastic rookie campaign and has taken that success into the postseason. He was 11-7 with a .912 save percentage and a 2.44 GAA entering Tuesday night's Game 6 versus the Sharks. Binnington stopped 31 of 32 shots in a 2-1 shootout win over the B's on Feb. 23, which is his only career appearance against Boston.
Stat breakdown: Here's how these teams compare in notable stats from the regular season (NHL rank in parenthesis).
BOS: 3.13 (11th)
STL: 2.98 (15th)
BOS: 2.59 (3rd)
STL: 2.68 (T-5th)
BOS: 25.9 (3rd)
STL: 21.1 (10th)
BOS: 79.9 (16th)
STL: 81.5 (9th)
Here's how they compare through three rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs:
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