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Stanley Cup Final Buzz: Bruins, Blues set to play Game 1

Boston relying on veteran core players; rookie goalie Binnington key for St. Louis

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Welcome to the Stanley Cup Final Buzz, a daily in-depth look at the championship round of the 2019 NHL playoffs. The Stanley Cup Final begins Monday when the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues play Game 1 at TD Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

 

On Tap

Blues at Bruins, Game 1: Boston is 12-5 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, having defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in seven games in the Eastern Conference First Round, the Columbus Blue Jackets in six games in the second round and the Carolina Hurricanes in a four-game sweep in the conference final. St. Louis is 12-7 in the postseason, defeating the Winnipeg Jets in six games in the first round, the Dallas Stars in seven games in the second round and the San Jose Sharks in six games in the Western Conference Final.

The Bruins are 6-3 at home during the playoffs and the Blues are 7-2 on the road. Bruins center David Krejci has a six-game point streak (seven points; two goals, five assists) as does Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko (eight points; three goals, five assists). The Bruins and Blues are each 2-1 in Game 1s this postseason.

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The Latest

-- Krejci returned to practice Sunday after missing three days because of an illness. He and forward Brad Marchand, who took a maintenance day Sunday, are expected to play in Game 1 against the Blues, reports Matt Kalman.

-- St. Louis, though, likely will be without defenseman Vince Dunn, writes Louie Korac.

-- The Bruins and Blues are a mirror image of each other, which should make for an intriguing series, writes Dan Rosen.

-- The coaches in this series, Boston's Bruce Cassidy and Craig Berube of St. Louis, are making the most of their respective second chances, reports Tom Gulitti.

-- Where was the Stanley Cup during Stanley Cup Final Media Day? Dave Stubbs fills us in. 

-- Rookie goalie Jordan Binnington of the Blues does not seem fazed at all by the big stage of the Cup Final, writes Nicholas J. Cotsonika. 

-- Eight years after winning their most recent championship, the Bruins still look to defenseman Zdeno Chara, center Patrice Bergeron, Marchand, Krejci and goalie Tuukka Rask to lead them on and off the ice, reports Amalie Benjamin.

 -- With an assist from Blues radio announcer Chris Kerber, long-time St. Louis television broadcaster John Kelly will get in on the call of the Cup Final. Louie Korac has the story. 

-- Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko is closing in on fulfilling a dream, writes Tom Gulitti.

-- William Douglas caught up with Hockey Hall of Fame goalie Grant Fuhr, who believes Binnington is key to St. Louis winning the Stanley Cup.

-- Blues center Tyler Bozak knows a thing or two about playing the Bruins in the playoffs, writes Dan Rosen.

-- Center Sean Kuraly of the Bruins and defenseman Colton Parayko of the Blues blog exclusively for NHL.com from Stanley Cup Final Media Day.

-- Boston's sweep of St. Louis in the 1970 Cup Final is remembered for the series-winning overtime goal by Bobby Orr in Game 4, but Dave Stubbs points out there was much more to those four games.

-- Stubbs also has the interesting backstory of the statue commemorating Orr's iconic goal which stands outside TD Garden.

-- Chara, the Bruins captain, recently turned 42, but he remains a vital cog in Boston's quest for the Stanley Cup. Amalie Benjamin sat down for an exclusive one-on-one conversation with the veteran defenseman.

-- Scott Cullen goes Behind the Numbers to find out who has the advantage at even strength and on special teams heading into this series.

-- Who is likely to skate away with the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the MVP of the playoffs? NHL.com writers make their picks 

-- There are plenty of storylines in the Cup Final, writes Dan Rosen. 

-- Who has the edge in the Cup Final? Tom Gulitti previews the series between the Blues and Bruins. 

-- Who will skate away with the Cup? NHL.com writers and editors make their picks.

-- Think you know your Stanley Cup Final history? Take our 25-question quiz and find out for sure.

 

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