The Stanley Cup Finals begin tonight at 8:00 p.m. EST on NBC between the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins and if you are a hardcore hockey fan, then you most likely already know who you will be cheering for. For the casual hockey fan or for the sports fans just looking to watch a championship battle, how do they know who to cheer for to win this year’s Stanley Cup? Should they cheer for a team that has never won a Stanley Cup and has not been in this position since 1970 when they lost to Boston or should they cheer for a team with a prestigious history and get behind a city that is looking to be only the 2nd city to ever win three major league championships in the same year? Let me breakdown the reasons to get behind either the Blues or the Bruins.
Cheer for the St. Louis Blues
The city of St. Louis lost its beloved Rams in 2016 and have been struggling as a sports town ever since. The Cardinals are now the only champions in town, but they have not won a World Series in 2011 and have not reached the playoffs since 2015. The Blues have been to known for decades to be failures in the playoffs as they have put up solid regular seasons only to come up short of their expectations every year. Now, it is their time to make up for the loss of the Rams and bring the city back to sports glory if they can take out the goliaths of Boston. For journalists, there would be no better story to tell than the Blues finally capturing the title that has evaded them on three occasions when they first entered the league. It is easy to get behind this franchise due to their shortcomings and the city’s loss of sporting greatness. Learn when to belt out “Let’s Go Blues” and the lyrics to Laura Branigan’s ’80s classic, “Gloria” and you will be set to cheer on St. Louis to their first Stanley Cup title.
Cheer for the Boston Bruins
Boston is the most hated town in sports and it is not even close but who would not want to hop on the bandwagon of the most successful sports city in American history? The six-time Stanley Cup champions return to their first finals since 2011 when they beat Vancouver and have been the most dominant team in this year’s playoffs. If you are a fan of heel personalities, then Brad Marchand is the perfect guy to get behind. There is also some history on the line as the Bruins will look to cap off the American version of a domestic treble if they win the cup. Boston would only be the second city in United States’ history to win three of the four major professional league championships with the other city being Detroit, who did it all the way back in 1935-1936. So why not get behind the favorites to win it all and “Titletown”?
Whoever wins, one thing we do know is that it will be another exciting matchup with two energetic fanbases who will be cheering from puck-drop to final horn for all potential seven games. The NHL has the best playoffs in my opinion, so even though your team may not be competing for a title, your eyes should still be locked on each game for 60 minutes.