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Stanley Cup Final Buzz: Blues look to even series with Bruins in Game 2

Boston looks for ninth straight win; St. Louis counting on Binnington

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Welcome to the Stanley Cup Final Buzz, a daily in-depth look at the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues. The Bruins will try to build on their 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 series when they host Game 2 at TD Garden on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).

Here are the top stories heading into Game 2:

-- What do the Blues need to do to even the series, and what do the Bruins need to work on to take a 2-0 lead? Dan Rosen has the 5 keys for Game 2.

-- The Blues will be without forward Robert Thomas and defenseman Vince Dunn for Game 2. 

-- The Bruins are getting quite a lift from their fourth line in the playoffs, not dissimilar to the "Merlot Line" which helped spark Boston's 2011 Stanley Cup championship, reports Matt Kalman. 

-- The Bruins take an eight-game Stanley Cup Playoff winning streak into Game 2 but are so focused on the next game they aren't aware of how many they have won in a row, writes Dan Rosen. 

-- The Blues know they need to play a lot better in Game 2 and believe they will, writes Tom Gulitti.

-- Preparation and confidence are two aspects of Blues goalie Jordan Binnington's game that have gotten him to the NHL and should help him rebound in Game 2, writes Nicholas J. Cotsonika.

-- The 2019 Stanley Cup Final Party shifts to St. Louis for Games 3 and 4, featuring a "Gloria" singlaong and a peformance by Gary Clark Jr.

-- Bruins defenseman Torey Krug has borrowed a page from teammate Brad Marchand's book, and one of his t-shirts, to add some grit to his game, writes Matt Kalman.

-- In the latest edition of The Coaches Room, David Marcoux says the Blues and Bruins each have plenty of adjustments to make.

-- Here are the latest fantasy picks for the Stanley Cup Final from our experts.

-- Blues defenseman Vince Dunn, who has missed four games with an upper-body injury, could return in Game 2, writes Louie Korac.

-- Bruins rookie defenseman Connor Clifton is making quite the impression during the Cup Final, writes Shawn P. Roarke.

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