Sure, Jordan Binnington has been very good in games after a loss. But after being pulled from Game 3, he’s entering uncharted territory.
Will his confidence really be that low? I expect Binnington to have some worry coming into Game 4, but after he get’s settled, he’ll probably be fine.
The Blues’ goaltender has given up five or more goals four times in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and all of those starts came with a loss. More importantly, Binnington was only pulled from one of those starts - Game 3 against Boston.
It’s also extremely important to look at Binnington’s stats after giving up five-plus goals. His stats in those games are pretty good; in games following a five plus goal loss, Binnington has allowed just five goals through three games.
That comes with a .946 SV% and a 1.67 GAA. However, remember that he wasn't pulled from a start until the Stanley Cup Final and his confidence could be low.
Quite frankly, it’s difficult to analyze just how good or bad Binnington could be on Monday night. He could put up another stinker, considering the stats after a goalie has been pulled in the playoffs. Or, he could show us the best performance of his life, backstopping the Blues to a Game 4 victory.
If he’s able to settle in and focus, things could get ugly for the B’s real fast. If Binnington frustrates the Bruins like he did in Game 2, we may be looking at a tied series. Binnington is the key to a Stanley Cup victory for St. Louis, and there's no doubt about that.
The Blues lack depth at forward where the Bruins clearly don’t. To keep the St. Louis’ Cup dreams alive, it’ll be in Binnington’s hands to stymie the B’s in Game 4.
One thing’s for sure: if he gives up at least four goals, things won’t look good for either him or the Blues.