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Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz: Blues face depleted Sharks, look to win West

St. Louis can reach Cup Final for first time since 1970; Karlsson, Hertl out for San Jose

by NHL.com @NHLdotcom

Welcome to the Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz, a daily in-depth look at the 2019 NHL playoffs. The St. Louis Blues host the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final at Enterprise Center on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS). The Blues lead the best-of-7 series 3-2 and can clinch their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final since 1970 with a win. 

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-- The Blues say they are not getting ahead of themselves. They're thinking only of Game 6 and not facing the Bruins in Cup FInal, writes Shawn P. Roarke

-- The Sharks have been one of the NHL's winningest teams in the past 15 seasons, but have yet to win the Stanley Cup, making Game 6 a crucial moment in their history, writes Nicholas J. Cotsonika.

-- The Sharks will be without defenseman Erik Karlsson and forward Tomas Hertl in Game 6, but coach Peter DeBoer is confident they will get it done no matter who is and who's not in the lineup, writes David Satriano.

-- Whoever wins the West Final will play the Bruins in the Cup Final. Here is the complete schedule

-- The Bruins got some good news Monday when defenseman Zdeno Chara, who missed their series-clinching win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday, practiced, writes Amalie Benjamin

-- Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask doesn't think their 10-day break before the Cup FInal begins is going to be an issue. 

-- The Bruins will hold an intrasquad scrimmage on Thursday in an attempt to stay fresh before the Cup Final begins on Monday. 

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