I realize that stating the Boston Bruins should keep level heads is not a hot take or an edgy statement by any means, but it damn sure may be the most important thing they can do if they want to win the Stanley Cup.
And it’s not because the St. Louis Blues feature a wildly successful power play. On the man advantage, the team is clicking at a satisfactory 19.4% this postseason. That’s certainly nothing to write home about.
The reason why the Bruins have to stay disciplined this series is because their power play is not likely to receive too many opportunities.
Heading into the Cup Final, the Blues have been shorthanded a ridiculously low 41 times over the course of their 19 playoff contests. To put that into context, the Colorado Avalanche have been penalized more (42 times) and they didn’t even make it out of the second round.
This means that even though St. Louis’ power play is just average, they may be able to outscore Boston on special teams if the Bruins have a parade to the penalty box. The Bluenotes have also received 62 power play opportunities over the course of their playoff run - the second-highest total of any team.
The Stanley Cup Final should prove to be the Bruins’ toughest challenge as they look to maintain their special teams edge. While there is no question that statistically, the B’s feature a better power play and a better penalty kill than St. Louis, the Blues have proven this postseason that they can stay out of the box.
It will be vital for Boston to show it can do the same, regardless of how physical this battle of two heavyweights may get.