You can subscribe to any system of analysis that you wish, but the truth is none of it will matter when attempting to predict Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Want to believe that home ice will be the tipping point? Sure, you can side with that and the Boston Bruins’ 7-5 record at home in the playoffs. However, the St. Louis Blues boast an impressive 9-3 mark on the road, so it’s hard to gauge just how impactful playing in the confines of TD Garden will be.
Additionally, St. Louis has been able to hang its hat on solid performances from goaltender Jordan Binnington after a loss this postseason. The rookie owns a 7-2 tally following a defeat that is accompanied by a 1.86 goals against-average and .933 save percentage.
With that being said, Tuukka Rask is riding a 1.93 GAA and .938 SV% throughout the entire playoffs. It's probably fair to expect that both guys in the crease will be playing at a high level on Wednesday night.
But how about special teams? They’ve been a game changer for the Bruins for the majority of the postseason, right? While the 32.9% success rate they’ve posted on the power play is very impressive, the squad’s recent dry-spell of just 1 goal on their last 9 attempts doesn’t bode so well. Mix that in with the Blues’ rough showing on the man advantage (1-for-18 this series) and you once again find no real telling advantage to be had.
There is however, something to be said about experience. And there is no questioning that Boston is far better equipped in that category.
Having 5 players still kicking from its 2011 Stanley Cup championship and 2013 Final heartbreak, the club’s veterans know a thing or two about the ranging spectrum of emotions this time of year can evoke.
What can be said about the Bluenotes though is that they are a resilient bunch. And coming off of a crushing 5-1 loss at home with the Stanley Cup at stake, the team’s elasticity will be an important quality to bring into a hostile Game 7 environment.
I guess what I’m trying to get at is that for every argument made as to why one side should win, there is a counter-argument to go along with it.
And to be fair, what else did you expect? We didn’t get here because one club is marginally better than the other. It’s freaking Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Absolutely anything can happen.