Scotty Bowman saw this coming.
On April 13, one day after the Blues took a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven opening round series with the Winnipeg Jets, Bowman sent a text to his friend Bob Plager with the following message:
"Mr. Plager's longevity record for Being one of the few survivors of the 1968, 1969, 1970 STANLEY CUP FINAL PARTICIPANT MAY BE IN jeopardy as Blues of 2019 look mighty strong and jus may go there too. Regards Bob. Scotty Bowman."
Bowman knows a thing or two about winning. In 1967, he was behind the Blues' bench and guided the team to three consecutive Stanley Cup Final appearances.
Although he never won a championship in St. Louis, Bowman would go on to win nine Stanley Cups as a head coach and added four more as a front office executive.