A 1970 Cup final rematch come June?

3/19/14 in NHL   |   patrickhoffman3530   |   122 respect

Feb 6, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues right wing T.J. Oshie (74) scores the game winning goal past Boston Bruins center Chris Kelly (23) and goalie Tuukka Rask (40) during overtime at Scottrade Center. The St. Louis Blues defeat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY SportsIf you are a true hockey fan, you know what happened in the 1970 Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues.

You know that Bobby Orr scored one of the
most famous goals in hockey history to help his team win the Cup. It's a goal that gets replayed over and over again whether it is during the regular season or of course, the postseason.

What does this have to do with today's NHL? Come June, it could have everything to do with today's game as it looks like the Bruins and Blues could end up meeting to see who wins hockey's Holy Grail.

There are several reasons why this match-up could end up happening. For starters, both clubs have a ton of depth. 

Offensively, the Bruins have one of the deepest rosters in the league. As of this writing, the Bruins have six players with at least 40 points (David Krejci, Jarome Iginla, Milan Lucic, Patrice Bergeron, Reilly Smith, and Brad Marchand) while also having three players with at least 20 goals (Iginla, Marchand, and Lucic.

The Blues might even be better than the Bruins when it comes to having offensive depth. The team has four players with at least 20 goals (Alexander Steen, David Backes, Jaden Schwartz, and Vladimir Tarasenko) while also having seven players with at least 40 points (T.J. Oshie, Steen, Schwartz, David Backes, Alex Pietrangelo, Tarasenko, and Kevin Shattenkirk).

Defensively, the Bruins have been one of the best teams in the league this season. As of this writing, the Bruins are second in the league in averaging 2.12 goals against per game.

A big part of the team's success in that area is because of the play of their star netminder Tuukka Rask. On the season, Rask has 31 wins (fifth in the league), a 2.07 goals against average (second in the league), a .929 save percentage (third in the league) and six shutouts (first in the league.

The Blues are third in the league in averaging 2.19 goals against per game. Their team has one of the best defensive units in the league with the likes of Pietrangelo, Shattenkirk, Jay Bouwmeester, Barret Jackman, and Roman Polak as they play a tight defensive game and do a good job of keeping the shots against per game down.

It also helps that Ryan Miller is now manning the pipes for this Blues' hockey club. In eight games with the team, Miller is 7-0-1 with a 1.61 goals against average and a .933 save percentage.

Lastly, each team has terrific veteran leadership. The Bruins have the likes of team captain Zdeno Chara, Bergeron, Gregory Campbell, Johnny Boychuk and Iginla while the Blues have Backes, Brenden Morrow, Derek Roy, and Bouwmeester that all provide leadership on and off the ice for their hockey club.  

It may not be 1970, but come June, it certainly might feel that way again if the Bruins and Blues meet to see who will win it all.
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