NHL Analyst Dan Rosen Makes Game 7 Pick

The Blues and Bruins square off in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday

Taz and the Moose
June 12, 2019 - 10:44 am
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NHL.com senior writer Dan Rosen dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Wednesday to preview Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Blues and Bruins, which begins tonight at 8 ET. The Blues are vying for their first Cup in franchise history, while the Bruins are vying for their first Cup since 2011.

Ultimately, Rosen expects Boston to get it done.

“I’m picking the Bruins to win tonight,” he said on Taz & The Moose. “I think they have the better goaltending, the better special teams, and more experience. Now, it’s hockey. The most coin-flip of a game that you can have is Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. I just think you’re going to see enough from the Bruins to put them over the top. I don’t even know if they’re going to need the offensive firepower. I expect Tuukka Rask to have a terrific game.”

Boston trailed 3-2 in the series but beat the Blues, 5-1, in St. Louis in Game 6. Rosen wasn’t surprised by the Bruins’ dominant performance.

“Not one bit, actually,” he said. “I was not surprised at all. I think they have the experience, the special-teams play has been dominant in their favor, they’ve got seven power-play goals – the Blues have one – and the goaltending has been in the favor of the Bruins. Tuukka Rask has a .925 save percentage”

Jordan Binnington, meanwhile, has been solid yet inconsistent.

“He has been a stud, but he has been prone to giving up some difficult goals and some rebounds,” Rosen said. “He’s been terrific throughout this playoffs. He’s got a .901 save percentage. That’s not very good in the Stanley Cup Finals.”

The Blues have allowed 3.0 goals per game in their three wins and 5.3 in their three losses.

“That’s the issue,” Rosen said. “It’s only a seven-game series. So if you’re giving up four or more in two of the games, you’re losing those games. I felt the Bruins were going to have a good rebound game (in Game 6). I didn’t have any issues with the way they played in Game 5. I thought they were fine. They just didn’t score, and Binnington was terrific.”

Boston, which celebrated titles by the Red Sox and Patriots in recent months, has a chance to win another trophy.

“This is a town that knows winning,” Rosen said. “It expects winning. They expect to win. It’s never had a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final in Boston. It’s never been here. So they’re pretty pumped. It’s big. It’s huge.”

Click below to listen to Rosen’s interview in its entirety.