7 Great Prop Bets for Stanley Cup Final Bruins-Blues Game 7
The home record of teams in this Stanley Cup Final? One win, two losses apiece for the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues. The all-time record for the home teams in Game 7s of the Stanley Cup Finals? Twelve wins, four losses. So, it’s advantage Boston for Wednesday’s showdown for the Cup at TD Garden.
But, here’s another factoid: The last two Finals that have gone to a seventh game were won by the road team (2011, Boston at Vancouver and 2009, Pittsburgh at Detroit).
The Blues blew it Sunday night at home. What a letdown for a city that has been waiting 52 years to even see the Cup in its own building. The Bruins are -163 favorites on the moneyline in Stanley Cup betting, but this is the place to come for seven prop bets for Game 7.
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Marcus Johansson to Score at Least One Point, 60 Mins. (+115)
He’s produced points in only one game of this series (a goal and assist in Game 3), but I’ve liked the way he’s played the puck for the most part. He’s fast and skilled, and just the kind of guy I think can fly under the radar a bit and have a good game in one like this.
You know St. Louis is going to be spending the majority of its defensive capital on stopping the big Bruins top line, so this is another good opportunity for the Bruins’ third line that features Johansson skating on the left side of center Charlie Coyle.
I say he gets an assist, at least, in this one and at +115, it’s a good buy.
Charlie McAvoy to Score at Least One Point, 60 Mins. (+140)
He’s been blanked on the score sheet the past five games after getting a goal in Game 1. He’s just too good an offensive player for that to happen a sixth straight game, especially in a game this huge. He’s got to puck more pucks on net, for sure, with only one shot on net in each of the last two games.
I think coach Bruce Cassidy should put him on the power play a bit more, but either way, I think McAvoy further burnishes his credentials as a top young offensive D-man in this league with a big Game 7.
Correct Score After First Period, 1-0 (+525)
Jordan Binnington’s play in Game 6 gives me pause advocating this score, but he always seems to bounce back after bad games. In fact, he’s 7-2 so far in these playoffs in games after a loss.
Binnington can’t be letting in any softies like he did in Game 6, including that wobbler from the blue line from Brandon Carlo. I expect a very conservative, safe first period by the teams on Wednesday, just the kind of contest that Game 5 represented.
I don’t expect many penalties, and fewer power plays usually mean fewer goals. This is a good payout on a very common first-period playoff score.
Tie Game After Two Periods (+170)
Either 1-1 or 2-2 is my hunch, but either way, I see a tie game going to the third period. The Blues have been a better team on the road than home in these playoffs, and I think the extra day off between games will help them a lot.
The Blues just seem to play better defensively on the road, and that will certainly be their mindset playing a Game 7 on enemy ice.
Charlie Coyle to Score a Goal (+335)
The Bruins’ third-line center has delivered for me a couple of times already in this series, so let’s go back to the well one more time and say he scores a goal.
I like him in a tough, physical game like this should be. He’s really good around the front of the net, grabbing rebounds or tipping pucks and muscling around. He was quiet in Games 5 and 6 (no points, one shot on net), so there’s the “he’s due” factor in play here.
He’ll be playing in front of friends and family, in the city he grew up. This is a good payout on a guy who scored goals in each of Games 2, 3 and 4.
Patrice Bergeron to Score at Least Two Goals, 60 mins. (+750)
You know who scored two goals the last time the Bruins were in a seventh game of a Stanley Cup Final? This guy.
He scored twice in Boston’s Game 7 win in Vancouver eight years ago, so let’s have some fun here with a potentially big payout prop bet and say he does it again. He’s certainly capable of it, though he’s been a bit quiet the past couple of games. He did have six shots on goal in Game 6, however.
If there’s one guy I feel comfortable in betting that he has a big Game 7, it’s the Bruins’ alternate captain and future Hall of Famer.
Ryan O’Reilly to Get at Least One Point, 60 mins. (-139)
We gotta stay with the hot hand here and have at least one safe play, and I’d say O’Reilly getting a point in Game 7 is a good bet. He’s scored a goal in each of the last three games. He’s had a Conn Smythe-worthy playoffs, and here is his big chance to grab that trophy.
He put on a two-way clinic in Game 5 in Boston, and he’s going to give it all he has in this one.
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