Stanley Cup Final Preview
Prior to the first game of the Stanley Cup final (Monday, 8 pm ET, NBC), professional hockey talks focused on all aspects of the duel between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Bruce. Entering the Stanley Cup final, it is clear that both goalkeepers are forwards of Conn Smythe Trophy. Both Tuukka Rask and Jordan Binnington have performed very well in the playoffs, so don’t be surprised if Bruins and Blues are hard to score.
But like two goalkeepers, one of the two must have an advantage. So let’s take a closer look.
It’s great to see that Lasker has achieved such great success in the playoffs because Boston fans are not easy this season or throughout their career. Yes, following Tim Thomas has never been so easy, but Lasker did not disappoint him like many Bruce fans. Whenever the Bears need him most, he usually comes. Now, he has not won the Stanley Cup, but this is not a goalkeeper. He has been great in this year’s playoffs.
In the sixth game against Toronto, he performed well. His team was on the road and was eliminated. He managed to reverse such a strong performance and closed the Leafs. This really set the tone for their seventh victory on home ice. After defeating the Columbus Blue Jacket 2-1 in the second round, Lasker was almost unmatched. He apparently entered the head of the Blue Jackets shooter team and performed very well in the first round against Tampa because they couldn’t figure out how to beat Rask and catch a cold.
Since the first round of the fifth game against the leaves team, Lasker has opposed two goals or less in 11 of the 13 games. This is incredible. So if Boston scores two or three goals, they can almost win an 85% victory. The 32-year-old has a 12-5 record, with an average of 1.84 goals in the playoffs and a .942 loss. Blues are not easy to beat.
The other thing we have to consider is the depth of the goal. If something happens to Rask, then Bruins can turn to Jaroslav Halak, who has a great season and has gone through his own long playoffs. Lasker and Harak’s one or two punches may not be defeated.
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Surprisingly, Binnington spent some time last season at the Bruins Farm team in Providence. It is unbelievable that he is not even in the NHL at the beginning of the season. But Pennington is one of the main reasons why the Blues can reach the Stanley Cup final from the last position on January 2 to nearly five months.
Bruce had a great team before, but the goal has always been their problem. Roman Turek, Chris Osgood, Jake Allen and many others are trying to make Blues their first champion. Binnington is a different story. Whether they win this series or not, General Manager Doug Armstrong can confidently say that he has finally found a goalkeeper who can lead the team in the long playoffs. Yes, this is a very small sample size, but it’s hard to imagine Binnington falling completely on his face in this series and even next season.
After the controversial end of the third game against San Jose in the Western Conference finals, Pennington scored two goals in the final three games of the series. This is impressive for any team, but even more so for teams with this firepower.
The 25-year-old has a 12-0 record, with an average score of 2.36 in the playoffs and an average of .914. The Bears may be just the biggest challenge he has faced, but he has eliminated a great jet team, a hungry star team and a talented shark team.
Again, for the purposes of this article, we must check the depth of the blues disposal. Jack Allen has always been the NHL’s starter, but he always seems to crash at the wrong time. In my opinion, it is impossible for Harry to surpass Harak.
If both starter goalkeepers are unable to participate in this series, then you must give Boston an edge. But if we put it aside, I still think that Lasker must have a slight advantage over Pennington. He has always dominated and has the advantage of gaining experience in the Stanley Cup final. There is not much difference between the two players, but it is impossible to ignore what Lasker has done.