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Stanley Cup Final blog: Colton Parayko

Blues defenseman talks preparation prior to Game 3 against Bruins

by Colton Parayko / Special to NHL.com

St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko will be keeping his own blog throughout the 2019 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins. He will check in regularly with behind-the-scenes access.

Parayko leads all players in the Final in time on ice, averaging 26:56 through the first two games. 

In his fourth entry following practice Friday, Parayko discusses preparations for Game 3 at Enterprise Center on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).

It's nice to be back home. Yesterday morning when we flew home, my mom and my dad were already here, so it was cool. They came to Boston and flew back on the team plane the night of Game 2. It was nice to see them. Yesterday was just a good day. It was nice to relax at home. We had dinner together and sat outside and enjoyed the nice weather.

 

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For now, I'm going to get some treatments, and take care of the body for few hours and after that I will see what the family is up to. If they want to do something, cool, if not, I'm totally cool with that. We had the day off yesterday, so I wouldn't mind going out and do something because if I sit at home, I feel like I just think about the game and makes the time go slower. Hopefully they want to do something, and we can get out of the house for a few hours. After that, not much, rest up. Maybe go to dinner with them if they want to go to dinner.

When we go out in St. Louis, the people are really good here. They are polite. They are just respectful about us and they do a good job. They appreciate our work and we appreciate them and it's a good balance. I think there's a lot of cool restaurants here. My family loves to do barbecue. I probably won't be doing barbecue before the game. A lot of spots in Clayton, Missouri, are good. There a lot of spots downtown. Kind of all over. 

Our routine at home would be different if it were the regular season, but for playoffs, we do a team hotel, so it's like we're on the road. We take a bus from the rink to the hotel and have a pregame meal at the hotel, nap at the hotel and come back here so it's kind of like an away game, which is kind of weird, but it works out. 

Getting to our game early tomorrow is going to be big, but at the same time we need to make sure we stay in our structure. It's going to be exciting, it's going to be loud, and we need to try to use that energy to our advantage, but at the same time, kind of stay within our structure, stay within our game. It's obviously our first home game in the Final in 49 years and it's cool. We're excited as a group to get this opportunity and for us to be the guys on the ice is the coolest part and being in it together as community is the best part.

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