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Stanley Cup Final Buzz: Bruins, Blues primed for Game 1

Boston 'itching' to start series, expects Krejci to play opener

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Welcome to the Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz, a daily in-depth look at the 2019 NHL playoffs. The Stanley Cup Final is set with the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues preparing to play Game 1 at TD Garden on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS). Sunday is Stanley Cup Final Media Day, with full coverage throughout on NHL.com.

 

The latest 

-- Bruins center David Krejci did not practice Saturday, missing his third straight day because of an illness, though he is expected to play in Game 1, reports Matt Kalman.

-- Brayden Schenn has done all the little things to help the Blues reach the Cup Final. However, he still wants to produce more offense, writes Louie Korac.

-- The Bruins are "itching" to get the Stanley Cup Final underway, reports Amalie Benjamin.

--FOX announcer Joe Buck is a St. Louis native and longtime season ticket holder with the Blues. Tom Gulitti finds out how much Buck is enjoying the Blues' run to the Cup Final.

-- The Bruins' sweep of the Blues in the 1970 Cup Final is remembered for the series-winning overtime goal from Bobby Orr in Game 4, but Dave Stubbs points out there was much more to those four games.

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

-- Bruins captain Zdeno Chara 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.

-- The Bruins have more players with Stanley Cup Final experience on their roster and that does not bother the Blues at all, reports Louie Korac.

-- Boston vs. St. Louis? Been there, done that. Nicholas J. Cotsonika writes this is not the first time a team from Boston and a team from St. Louis have gone head to head for a championship.

-- Bruins president and former star forward Cam Neely believes scoring depth is vital for a successful playoff run, writes Matt Kalman.

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

-- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy is using images of Bruins championship moments of the the past to motivate his team, writes Mike Zeisberger 

-- Just how were the Bruins and Blues rosters built? David Satriano and Adam Kimelman take a look at their construction. 

-- The Bruins tuned up for the Cup Final with an instrasquad scrimmage on Thursday, writes Amalie Benjamin. 

-- 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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