DavidGreen
Posted by DavidGreen
Jun 04, 2019

Introduction

The 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Finals are now set to begin on Monday, May 27th, 2019 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The winner of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Boston Bruins, will play the winner of the Western Conference Finals, the Saint Louis Blues in a best of seven game series.

2019 NHL Stanley Cup Finals Schedule

  • Monday, May 27 (Game 1)

St. Louis @ Boston

Time: 8:00 PM ET

Networks: CBC, SN, TVAS

  • Wednesday, May 29 (Game 2)

St. Louis @ Boston

Time: 8:00 PM ET

Networks: CBC, SN, TVAS

  • Saturday, Jun 1 (Game 3)

Boston @ St. Louis

Time: 8:00 PM ET

Networks: CBC, SN, TVAS

  • Monday, Jun 3 (Game 4)

Boston @ St. Louis

Time: 8:00 PM ET

Networks: CBC, SN, TVAS

  • Thursday, Jun 6 (Game 5 if necessary)

St. Louis @ Boston

Time: 8:00 PM ET

Networks: CBC, SN, TVAS

  • Sunday, Jun 9 (Game 6 if necessary)

Boston @ St. Louis

Time: 8:00 PM ET

Networks: CBC, SN, TVAS

  • Wednesday, Jun 12 (Game 7 if necessary)

St. Louis @ Boston

Time: 8:00 PM ET

Networks: CBC, SN, TVAS

Saint Louis Blues Road to the NHL Finals

First Round: The Saint Louis Blues defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4 – 2

Second Round: The Saint Louis Blues defeated the Dallas Stars 4 – 3

Third Round: The Saint Louis Blues defeated the San Jose Sharks 4 – 2

Boston Bruins Road to the NHL Finals

First Round: The Boston Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4 – 3

Second Round: The Boston Bruins defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4 – 2

Third Round: The Boston Bruins defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4 – 0

Regular Season Matchup Statistics

  • Goals For Per Game

Bruins 3.134 (11th)

Blues 2.976 (15th)

  • Goals Against Per Game

Bruins 2.585 (3rd)

Blues 2.683 (5th)

  • Power Play %

Bruins 25.9 (3rd)

Blues 21.1 (10th)

  • Penalty Kill %

Bruins 79.9 (16th)

Blues 81.5 (9th)

  • Face-off Win %

Bruins 50.7 (10th)

Blues 51.4 (6th)

  • Point %

Bruins 65.2 (2nd)

Blues 60.4 (10th)

Bruins Statistic Leaders

  • Goals - Patrice Bergeron, #37, Boston Center – 8 Goals
  • Assists - Brad Marchand, #63, Boston Left Wing – 11 Assists
  • Points - Brad Marchand, #63, Boston Left Wing – 18 Points
  • Face Off % - Patrice Bergeron, #37, Boston Center - 59.29 Face Off %
  • Wins - Tuukka Rask, #40, Boston Goalie – 12 Wins
  • Save % - Tuukka Rask, #40, Boston Goalie - .942 Save %
  • Shutouts - Tuukka Rask, #40, Boston Goalie - 2 Shutouts

Blues Statistic Leaders

  • Goals - Jaden Schwartz, #17, Saint Louis Left Wing – 12 Goals
  • Assists - Ryan O'Reilly, #90, Saint Louis Center – 11 Assists
  • Points - Jaden Schwartz, #17, Saint Louis Left Wing – 16 Points
  • Face Off % - Tyler Bozak, #21, Saint Louis Center – 52.28 Face Off %
  • Wins - Jordan Binnington, #50, Saint Louis Goalie – 12 Wins
  • Save % - Jordan Binnington, #50, Saint Louis Goalie - .914 Save %
  • Shutouts - Jordan Binnington, #50, Saint Louis Goalie – 1 Shutout

Statements from Players and Coaches

"It's just unbelievable where we were the beginning of the year to where we are now," says Patrick Maroon. "This team is relentless and will continue to be relentless."

"After having the start we did, it's amazing how we've been able to come back and now compete for a Stanley Cup," says Ryan O'Reilly. "I can't really describe how excited I am."

"It's awesome," says Tuukka Rask. "We've played great so far. It's not easy to make it this far, so super proud of the guys that we're here."

"We need to use [the time off] the right way," says Patrice Bergeron. "Obviously, healing the body, it's a lot of hockey, and we all know playoff hockey is a grind. A lot of work in front of us."

"It's going to be a tough challenge. That's a very good hockey team over there. They've played very well," added O'Reilly. "They just swept the Hurricanes, which is extremely tough to do. It's going to be tough, but we're a great team and I have confidence that we can do this."

"I think the big one was having [Binnington] come in. He brought some swagger to us, he won some games by himself. That gave us some confidence. Once we started to feel good about ourselves, we just really came together, and he was a big reason, sparking us like he did,” O’Reilly concluded.

"It would be a lot of emotion, no question," says David Backes. "It's a place that's near and dear to my heart, still got a lot of friends on that team, wish them the best, but I'm more concentrated on the Boston Bruins winning a Stanley Cup."

"They have a hard team, a hard team to play against, a really skilled team," says Vladimir Tarasenko. "We have a hard team too. It's going to be interesting games. I always told you we were going for the Cup. Just have a couple days to recharge and go for more games."

"We've earned the right to be where we are, to go to the Stanley Cup Final," says Bruce Cassidy. "We've beaten three good teams. There is some unfinished business, so that's part of the emotion you want to keep in check. You want to enjoy it, but I think our guys understand there are still four more steps to take."

Prediction

The 2019 NHL playoffs have been alright so far, but I wish the series had gone longer than they have. I believe the Bruins will win this series in 6 games. If you are into sports betting the Bruins are currently the favorite to win game 1 of the series. I hope it goes to a game 7, and that the 2019 NHL Finals series is a close and exciting event.

Sources:

“Stanley Cup Final schedule”, nhl.com, May 22, 2019.

“Bruins (A2) vs Blues (C3)”, nhl.com, May 22, 2019.

“Stanley Cup Playoffs”, nhl.com, May 22, 2019.

“Blues will play Bruins in Stanley Cup Final”, nhl.com, May 22, 2019.

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