Stanley Cup Final: Blues by the numbers as they close in on history

The Blues’ controversial road victory Thursday in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Bruins puts St. Louis, a franchise that came into the league in 1967, on the doorstep of its first NHL title.

So just a victory in Game 6 on Sunday in St. Louis would be historic. But, a win from lifting the Stanley Cup, the Blues have done some remarkable things along the way.

Here are some noteworthy nuggets from the Blues’ (almost) historic 2019 postseason:

— The Blues, who were dead last in the NHL standings through as of Jan. 3 (37 games played), can become the first team in the expansion era (since 1967-68) to be last in the overall standings at any point after its 30th game and rebound to win the Stanley Cup.

— With Thursday’s win, St. Louis improved to 9-3 on the road this postseason, outscoring opponents, 38-29. Only five teams in NHL history have earned more road wins in a single playoff year:

Year Team W-L
1995 New Jersey Devils 10-1
2012 Los Angeles Kings 10-1
2000 New Jersey Devils 10-2
2018 Washington Capitals 10 3
2004 Calgary Flames 10-4

— The Blues’ road record is a tribute to rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington’s play and put him in rare company.

— The Blues now own a 3-2 lead in a best-of-seven series for the 14th time in franchise history (and third time this postseason). St. Louis is 11-2 (.846) in the previous 13 series, with their two losses coming in the 1996 conference semifinals against the Red Wings and 2003 Conference quarterfinals vs. Canucks.

— Overall, teams with a 3-2 advantage under the best-of-seven format are 315-87 (.784) in NHL history, including 32-8 in the Stanley Cup Final and 5-4 in 2019. The Blues and Bruins are responsible for two of those comeback victories this year, with the Blues accomplishing the feat in the second round against the Stars and the Bruins doing so in the first round against the Maple Leafs.

— The Blues are 7-1 in Games 5-7 of series this postseason, going into Sunday’s potential title-clinching Game 6: 2-0 in Round 1 against the Jets, 2-1 in Round 2 against the Stars, 2-0 in Western Conference finals against the Sharks and 1-0 against the Bruins. Noteworthy: The Blues entered the 2019 playoffs with a a 42-54 (.438) all-time record in Games 5-7 of best-of-seven series.

— In that playoff-defining stretch, they’ve outscored opponents 25-10 in Games 5-7 and have allowed no more than two goals in any game in that stretch.

— Not only have the Blues turned around their late-in-series play, but they also are getting contributions from some surprising places (not just in Games 5-7), notably David Perron.

— And they’ve scored early at a record-breaking pace, getting a goal in the opening minute of a period Thursday for a record-breaking fifth time in this postseason.