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St. Louis Blues vs. Boston Bruins Preview and Predictions 06-12-2019 in NHL


An 82-game regular season and two pressure-packed months of playoff hockey have taken NHL fans on an exhilarating adventure, one filled with myriad memories and answers to every question except the identity of the champion. The wild ride enters its final turn on Wednesday as the visiting St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins battle for supremacy in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

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While the City of Boston prepares to host its first Game 7 in a championship round since the NBA's Celtics in 1984, the core group of Bruins -- namely Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, David Krejci, captain Zdeno Chara and Tuukka Rask -- previously traversed this terrain by suiting up in a winner-take-all contest in Vancouver in 2011. "(The) leadership group's been there; they've been in a Game 7 before, in the Stanley Cup Final," Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. "They've lived it. We've been in Game 7 at home against Toronto this (season). Stanley Cup's not at stake, but if you don't win (that game), you have no chance at (the Cup)." St. Louis' chances for its first championship in franchise history looked bleak at best just three days into the calendar year, with the club residing in the basement of the league's standings. "Listen, if you told me four months ago we were going to be in the finals in Game 7, I think I'd take it," Blues coach Craig Berube said. "We've been a good road team (9-3 in the playoffs). We've won twice up there in this series, so we're a confident group."

TV: 8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, Sportsnet, TVAS LINE: Bruins -1.5

ABOUT THE BLUES: Ryan O'Reilly has scored four goals and set up another in his last three games to push his overall playoff point total to 21 (seven goals, 14 assists), matching a franchise record with Hall of Famers Doug Gilmour (1986), Bernie Federko (1986) and Brett Hull (1990). Jordan Binnington, who yielded four goals on 31 shots in a 5-1 setback in Game 6 on Sunday, will have a second chance to set the single postseason rookie win total of 16 should he rebound after a loss. The 25-year-old has posted a 7-2 mark with a 1.86 goals-against average in games after defeats in the playoffs.



ABOUT THE BRUINS: Rask added to his potential Conn Smythe Trophy-winning resume by turning aside 28 shots on Sunday, including 12 while St. Louis was on the power play. The 2014 Vezina Trophy recipient sports a sparkling .938 save percentage in the playoffs, a total that elevates to .973 (145 saves on 149 shots) in elimination games this spring. Rask, who served as a backup to Tim Thomas on Boston's 2011 championship-winning team, was stellar for all but a disastrous 17-second span in the Bruins' eventual Stanley Cup Final run that resulted in a heartbreaking loss to Chicago.

OVERTIME

1. Home teams own a 12-4 record in Game 7s of the Stanley Cup Final, although the road club has won each of the last two (Pittsburgh in 2009, Boston in 2011).

2. Like the Bruins, the Blues also captured a win in Game 7 of the 2019 playoffs after St. Louis native Patrick Maroon scored in double overtime against Dallas on May 7.

3. Chara will play in his 14th Game 7, passing Hall of Famers Patrick Roy and Scott Stevens for the most in the NHL.

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TD Garden
Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Capacity: 17,565

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Last Injuries

Boston Bruins

  • Chris Wagner

    Forearm
    Out Wed | out

    Wagner is dealing with a right forearm injury and will not return against the Blues in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

  • Matt Grzelcyk

    Concussion
    Prob Wed | probable

    Grzelcyk has been cleared from concussion protocol and is available to lace up for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Blues.

  • Zdeno Chara

    Jaw
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Chara sustained a broken jaw but is likely to draw back into the lineup against the Blues in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

St. Louis Blues

  • Robert Thomas

    Wrist
    Out Wed | out

    Thomas will not suit up against the Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final due to a wrist injury.

  • Ivan Barbashev

    Suspension
    Elig Wed | out

    Barbashev has served his one game suspension for an illegal check to the head and is expected to be in the lineup for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Bruins.

  • Alexander Steen

    Undisclosed
    Prob Sun | probable

    Steen is likely to suit up against the Bruins in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final despite missing practice for maintenance reasons.

  • Robert Thomas

    Wrist
    Prob Sun | probable

    Thomas has been sidelined with a wrist injury but is expected to return for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Bruins.

boston-bruins Stats 2018-2019

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79 36 9 3 6 17 10 10 3 34 7 1821 231

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65 32 3 1 8 6 17 9 4 27 7 1510 205

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">David Krejci
81 20 4 1 4 5 10 6 0 16 0 1698 139
Statistics
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Tuukka Rask 46 45 0 0 0 13 27 4 4
Jaroslav Halak 40 37 0 0 0 11 22 2 0
Anders Bjork 20 0 0 1 9 0 0 0 2
Anton Blidh 1 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0
Brad Marchand 79 0 60 45 46 0 0 0 96
Assits
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Brad Marchand 79 0 64 24 4
David Krejci 81 0 53 10 0
Patrice Bergeron 65 0 47 18 3
Torey Krug 64 0 47 28 0
David Pastrnak 66 0 43 16 0
Defense
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Tuukka Rask 46 45 109 2.482 31 41 33 4 1245 37 400 439 369 0
Jaroslav Halak 40 37 90 2.340 25 30 33 2 1158 20 362 389 387 0
Anders Bjork 20 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12
Anton Blidh 1 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Brad Marchand 79 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19
Shutouts
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Jaroslav Halak 40 37 5 0 0 2
Tuukka Rask 46 45 4 0 0 1
Anders Bjork 20 0 0 0 0 0
Anton Blidh 1 0 0 0 0 0
Brad Marchand 79 0 0 5 1 0
Time on ice
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Tuukka Rask 46 45 134445 11468 158109 12196
Jaroslav Halak 40 37 115212 11861 138487 11414
Brad Marchand 79 0 70581 14997 93016 7438
Brandon Carlo 72 0 78147 242 90386 11997
David Krejci 81 0 74153 10936 85916 827

st-louis-blues Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
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">Vladimir Tarasenko
76 33 5 1 12 8 12 12 0 22 0 1768 275

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">Ryan O'Reilly
82 28 5 2 12 8 6 6 1 22 3 2103 234

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">David Perron
57 23 1 0 6 8 9 7 0 14 0 1189 112

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">Brayden Schenn
72 17 5 1 5 7 4 4 0 12 0 1642 159

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">Ivan Barbashev
80 14 1 0 6 3 5 0 2 0 2 1336 60
Statistics
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Jake Allen 46 45 0 0 0 17 19 5 0
Jordan Binnington 32 30 0 0 0 5 24 1 0
Alex Pietrangelo 71 0 1 0 62 0 0 0 22
Alexander Steen 65 0 18 11 55 0 0 0 14
Brayden Schenn 72 0 357 323 111 0 0 0 40
Assits
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Ryan O'Reilly 82 0 49 16 2
Brayden Schenn 72 0 37 8 0
Vladimir Tarasenko 76 0 35 10 0
Alex Pietrangelo 71 0 28 12 1
Jaden Schwartz 69 0 25 3 0
Defense
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Chad Johnson 9 4 20 3.754 9 4 7 0 156 0 42 46 68 0
Jake Allen 46 45 121 2.827 40 39 37 5 1277 21 427 443 386 0
Jordan Binnington 32 30 59 1.887 13 22 23 1 807 10 244 273 280 0
Alex Pietrangelo 71 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 139
Alexander Steen 65 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 50
Shutouts
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Jordan Binnington 32 30 5 0 0 0
Jake Allen 46 45 3 0 0 3
Chad Johnson 9 4 1 0 0 0
Alex Pietrangelo 71 0 0 0 0 0
Alexander Steen 65 0 0 1 0 0
Time on ice
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Jake Allen 46 45 127308 13512 154077 13257
Jordan Binnington 32 30 97688 7856 112585 7041
Colton Parayko 80 0 96316 6269 109361 6776
Alex Pietrangelo 71 0 82070 11730 102568 8768
Ryan O'Reilly 82 0 78268 14048 102133 9817