It’s the final round of the playoffs, and the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues begin with game 1. Tonight, on NBC.
LET’S GO BRUINS!
There is a Stanley Cup Final game today!
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 9, 2019
The NHL has arranged a pre-game viewing party at City Hall Plaza, featuring super-relevant musical guests that guy from Florida-Georgia Line who does that country song and Li’l Naz. Because Bruins?
I can’t imagine anyone
— Dropkick Murphys (@DropkickMurphys) May 24, 2019
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) January 13, 2019
or more local
Today MMB release the video "Hugo's Wife," a homage to bassist Joe Gittleman's grandparents, blacklisted in the 40s/50s. Filmed by Oscar Chavez, directed by Paul Calvary, II. https://t.co/Mejnrmfsyz
— BossToneS (@mmbosstones) December 13, 2018
Who the fans might have a connection to?
There will also be in-stadum crowd lights
It’s going to be an electric pregame show for Game 1 at TD Garden. pic.twitter.com/BbOPcDnkZo
— Joe McDonald (@JoeyMacHockey) May 27, 2019
And the TD Garden has introduced some special in-stadium meals for the series. A bacon-wrapped steak and cheese hot dog
This is the bacon wrapped hot dog covered in steak and cheese and it’s a bit of a mess to eat. The bacon donut burger, on the other hand … 👨🍳💋 pic.twitter.com/FrV9YWqUgm
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) May 26, 2019
and a bacon-cheeseburger with a donut as a bun
Oh no it’s here pic.twitter.com/mtaxsapKD2
— Ty Anderson (@_TyAnderson) May 26, 2019
They are disgusting, yet glorious.
What will be the lineup tonight?
It’s something we’ve become used to.
While David Krejci missed some team events due to illness and Brad Marchand had a maintenance day yesterday, the Bruins are rather healthy right now. Zdeno Chara and John Moore have been on ice for practices and Thursday’s scrimmage. The down side? Chris Wagner will miss the first game and presumably the series after blocking a shot with his forearm in game 3 of the Hurricanes series.
Uhhh… happy birthday?
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 27, 2019
Kevan Miller (remember him?) is still out of the lineup after suffering a setback during the Canes series to his never-ending knee injury.
So the forward lines from the last game should make a reappearance, as will the defensive pairings from games 1-3 of the Conference Final with Chara returning and Matt Grzelcyk displacing John Moore on the 3rd pairing.
Tuukka Rask will be in goal.
|Bruins Forward Lines|
|Bruins Defensive pairs|
|#40 Tuukka Rask||(#41 Jaroslav Halak)|
The St. Louis Blues are the opponent for this Stanley Cup Final. You may remember them from their previous Stanley Cup Final appearances in… (looks up on teh intarwebz) 1968, 1969 & 1970. Those appearances did not go as well as they might have hoped, with the Blues losing 0-4 in three consecutive postseasons.
However, this team is not those teams, and the Bruins team they face is different from the 1970 Bruins. One advantage for this Bruins team should be playoff final experience – none of the Blues have played in the finals, while much of the Bruins leadership has. But the Blues do have plenty of other playoff experience, having made the playoffs for 4 of the last 5 seasons.
The Blues have been one of the hottest teams in the NHL since the new year, firing head coach Mike Yeo and bouncing from the bottom of their division to 2nd in the Central and winning 3 rounds of playoff games. They are rather healthy, with only D-man Vince Dunn. appearing on the injury lists, with a jaw injury. Most notable has been their former backup goaltender Jordan Binnington, who has put up a respectable GAA of 2.37 and save % of .914.
They’ve also been celebrated for their depth, generating points up and down their lineup. Their top playoff scorers are Jaden Schwartz, Ryan O’Reilly, Vladimir Tarasenko and David Perron with 17, 14, 13 & 13 postseason points respectively, and D-man Alex Petrangelo, who’s been the master of assists with 11.
#17 Jaden Schwartz — #10 Brayden Schenn — #91 Vladimir Tarasenko
#9 Sammy Blais — #90 Ryan O’Reilly — #57 David Perron
#7 Patrick Maroon — #21 Tyler Bozak — #15 Robby Fabbri
#49 Ivan Barbashev — #70 Oskar Sundqvist — #20 Alex Steen
#6 Joel Edmundson — #27 Alex Pietrangelo
#19 Jay Bouwmeester — #55 Colton Parayko
#4 Carl Gunnarsson — #41 Robert Bortuzzo
#50 Jordan Binnington
(#34 Jake Allen)
LET’S GO BRUINS!