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While the St. Louis Blues have been the Cinderella story of this year's Stanley Cup narrative, the Boston Bruins head into Monday night's Game 1 with recent history heavily on their side.
Boston is currently a -150 moneyline favorite over the visiting Blues at TD Garden in the first matchup of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Finals, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. And the betting favorites have shown a commanding pattern of success across the last 13 Stanley Cup Game 1s.
Unfortunately for St. Louis, the Blues don't seem to have recent, nor distant, history on their side heading into this series. St. Louis is making its fourth Stanley Cup Finals appearance and first since 1970, when it was swept by the Bruins.
The Blues also made the Stanley Cup Finals in three straight seasons from 1968-70, but they were swept in all three of those appearances.
St. Louis has proven to be one of the toughest road warriors in this year's NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, going an impressive 7-2 on the road in nine road postseason games thus far.
Both the Blues and Bruins are 2-1 in Game 1s of the 2019 NHL Playoffs heading into Monday, but recent Stanley Cup history seems to back Boston in this one.
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