Toronto Maple Leafs Roundtable: Who Will Win the Stanley Cup?

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 5: Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews #34 looks on before playing the Montreal Canadiens at the Scotiabank Arena on October 5, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 5: Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews #34 looks on before playing the Montreal Canadiens at the Scotiabank Arena on October 5, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 7: St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington #50 makes a save against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period at the Scotiabank Arena on October 7, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 7: St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington #50 makes a save against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period at the Scotiabank Arena on October 7, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Nick Barden

I want to say the Toronto Maple Leafs, but I don’t want to jinx it. I’m going with the St. Louis Blues to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.

This is likely the last year of Alex Pietrangelo’s long career in St. Louis unless a deal gets done. I think the Blues will play like it’s his last year and dominate just like they did in the back-half of last season. With Jordan Binnington being their starting goaltender, there are no more questions of “who can start?” – it’s Binnington.

The Blues play a different game, with more checking and more cycling of the puck. They’re not a skilled team, but they’re heavy on the puck, which is how they can beat any team. If anyone wants to spoil the Blues parade to a Stanley Cup, they’ll have to do one thing and that’s stopping them.

There are big teams like the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Boston Bruins, but like we witnessed last year, even the Bruins cannot stop them. It could be a skilled team like Toronto, or even a team like the Colorado Avalanche who can stop them. But it’s going to be hard and since they have the taste of the Stanley Cup already, it’s going to be that much harder, to beat them.