2019 NHL Stanley Cup Odds: Bruins Open as Favorites vs. Blues for Game 7

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 10, 2019

Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo, center, celebrates with Charlie Coyle (13) and Torey Krug (47) after Carlo scored a goal against the St. Louis Blues during the third period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Sunday, June 9, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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After their 5-1 win in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Boston Bruins are now favored to win the decisive Game 7 on Wednesday:

B/R Betting @br_betting

Opening Game 7 odds, via @CaesarsPalace Blues: +150 Bruins: -165 https://t.co/bKa2nK5YUy

The Bruins were on the brink of elimination Sunday while trailing the St. Louis Blues 3-2 in the series, but they bounced back behind another outstanding performance by Tuukka Rask. This was enough to keep the series alive and force Game 7 at home in TD Garden.

Oddsmakers clearly believe they will keep the momentum going as the favorites for the final game, listed at -165, which means a $165 bet will only win $100.

One of the keys for the upcoming game will be Rask, who is coming off a huge performance where he saved 28 of 29 shots:

Fluto Shinzawa @FlutoShinzawa

So far, best performance of the series by Tuukka Rask.

Charlie O'Connor @charlieo_conn

Just give Rask the Conn Smythe regardless of who wins this series

Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin

No matter what happens, I think we can all agree that Tuukka Rask is a very, very good goalie. I mean, I got there a while ago, but not every did.

He has been nearly unbeatable in net throughout the playoffs, entering Sunday's game with an NHL-best 1.97 goals-against average in the postseason.

Meanwhile, skaters like Brad Marchand will play a big role after totaling a goal and an assist in Game 6, bringing his postseason total to 23 points.

There will also be a lot of energy from the home crowd, although the Bruins have been a bit inconsistent in Boston as of late. The squad is just 7-5 at home in the playoffs, including back-to-back losses to the Blues.

St. Louis has also been able to answer any challenge so far this year, and the squad has the talent necessary to get one more win.

The Bruins will be favored, but there are no guarantees in a winner-take-all matchup.