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20:31  27 may  2019
20:31  27 may  2019 Source:   thescore.com

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The Stanley Cup isn't won on paper, but the Boston Bruins have been better than the St. Louis Blues statistically in this postseason. Boston has been superior at both scoring and preventing goals, and the Bruins also possess the edge on both sides of the special teams battle.

The 2019 Stanley Cup Final begins Monday night, with the Boston Bruins seeking Let's examine the numbers to see just how the two teams stack up in every category . The possession numbers are all pretty much even. The biggest Corsi monsters of the postseason for these two teams are

Stanley Cup Final by the numbers: Bruins hold edge in most categories© Icon Sportswire / Getty

The Stanley Cup isn't won on paper, but the Boston Bruins have been better than the St. Louis Blues statistically in this postseason.

Boston has been superior at both scoring and preventing goals, and the Bruins also possess the edge on both sides of the special teams battle. However, the Blues have been better at suppressing opposing shots.

Here's how the two teams are faring in the key conventional categories this spring:

The Bruins boast the most efficient power play among all postseason clubs this year.

Boston also mostly holds the five-on-five possession advantage this spring:

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Notable: The Bruins did not lead the Stanley Cup finals series until they won it. Their Game 7 victory in Vancouver was the first game in which the visiting team Notable: In a Stanley Cup rematch, the Canadiens prevailed again, but worked a little harder. After winning the first two games, the Bruins

The 1941 Stanley Cup Finals was a best-of-seven series between the Boston Bruins and the Detroit Red Wings. Boston would win the series 4–0 to win their third Stanley Cup .

St. Louis' slight edge in the Corsi department isn't encouraging for the Blues because the Bruins have been better at generating scoring chances, both in general and of the high-danger variety. Boston is also posting a stronger expected goals rate.

Elsewhere, the goaltending matchup should be one of the biggest storylines in the series.

Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask is producing one of the best postseason save percentages since the NHL began tracking the statistic in 1955-56.

Rask can also become the first Finnish goalie and fifth Finnish player to win the Stanley Cup multiple times.

Meanwhile, Jordan Binnington's 12 wins coming into the series are the most ever by a Blues netminder in a single postseason. He's one of only seven rookie goalies in NHL history to post 12-plus wins during a playoff run.

But the Bruins still hold the clear edge in goal, and a deeper dive into the analytics shows how significant the gap has been this spring.

Rask leads the league in GSAA by a wide margin during the playoffs, and he's also posted the best HDGSAA among all postseason goaltenders this year.

High-danger save percentage: Percentage of high-danger shots against that were saves.

Goals saved above average: The difference between the goalie's Goals Against and a Goals Against with the same Shots Against and the average save percentage.

High-danger goals saved above average: The difference between the goalie's high-danger Goals Against and a high-danger Goals Against with the same high-danger Shots Against and the average high-danger save percentage

(Analytics courtesy: Natural Stat Trick)

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