The St. Louis Blues have had a healthy amount of respect for each and every opponent they have faced in this playoff season. The same will be true when the puck drops against Boston, but they do not respect them too much and that is a good thing.
When the St. Louis Blues began the 2019 playoffs, most people did not give them a great chance to get out of the first round. Winnipeg was too strong, too fast and too experienced, having fallen just short of this stage last season. We know how that turned out.
Similar things were said about the Dallas Stars. There were reasons to worry about the green machine out of Big D. St. Louis gave them their due and, though it was tough, ended that series in seven.
Next, it was on to the San Jose Sharks. They had all the media on their side. It would have been the big story to have apparently lovable Joe Thornton face his former team in the final.
The Blues threw the wrench in that cog. By eliminating the Sharks in six games and looking strong doing it, the Blues punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 49 years.
Now, for any who are old enough to remember it, the Blues seek revenge for that 1970 final loss to this very same Boston Bruins team.
Of course, the players cannot worry about history. None of them were born back then. Some of the player’s parents might not have been around back then, to put it in perspective.
St. Louis has plenty on their plate without the worry of history and a city on the edge of exploding from pent up frustration. The Bruins will fill their waking moments with dread, according to some pundits.
Regardless of that, the Blues do need to worry about the Bruins. They did not luck into 100-plus regular season points and a trip to the final.
With that, we look at the four reasons the Blues should fear, respectfully of course, the Bruins and three reasons why they don’t need to lose sleep.