Series: Series tied 2-2
Location: TD Garden
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET; (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)
The Boston Bruins suffered a 4-2 loss in Game 4 at Enterprise Center. Tonight they hope to take a 3-2 series lead at TD Garden for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Blues are 6-1 in Games 5-7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Bruins are 5-1 after a loss. Here are the headlines for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Chara and Grzelcyk Game-Time Decisions
Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy announced that Matt Grzelcyk (concussion protocol) and Zdeno Chara (broken jaw) will be game-time decisions for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 6, 2019
Chara’s Injury Update
Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara suffered a broken jaw after Blue forward Brayden Schenn shot deflected of Chara’s stick and hit him in the jaw. Chara didn’t play another shift after the injury at 3:07 left in the second period. Chara took part of the morning skate on Thursday wearing a face shield. He did not practice on Wednesday. According to NHL PR, Chara cannot talk or open his mouth, he will only give written answers to questions.
Zdeno Chara — broken jaw and all — takes the ice at TD Garden before Game 5 of #StanleyCup
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 6, 2019
“At this time of the playoffs everyone has injuries and there are challenges that you have to overcome to play,” Chara wrote in an emailed statement to the media. “I’m no different than any player on either team.”
Grzelcyk Injury update
Grzelcyk suffered a head injury from Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist hit on Game 2. He missed Game 3 and 4 due to concussion protocol. To play, he needs to be cleared from a medical professional.
Matt Grzelcyk on his status for tonight: “Not really sure. Coach said game-time decision. If I’m in I’ll be ready to play.”
Brad Marchand on Zdeno Chara: “He’s an incredibly tough man. He’s willing to play through anything. It shows so much character in him.” pic.twitter.com/X2QQ34arEa
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 6, 2019
Lineup Changes for the Bruins?
Scenarios on Defense
The Bruins plan to play seven defensemen if Chara and Grzelcyk play. Defenseman John Moore would be the seventh defenseman in the lineup. Steven Kampfer would play if both Chara and Grzelcyk are out for Game 5.
They could scratch forward David Backes for Game 5. This would most likely mean that forwards David Pastrnak and Marcus Johansson would double shift. With seven defensemen and 11 forwards in the lineup, Pastrnak and Johansson could play some shifts with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk.
The Bruins need more production on offense after Game 4 loss. They only had 19 shots on even strength in the loss. They need more clean breakouts, get in the Blues zone, and put on a lot of shots on goaltender Jordan Binnington.
The @StLouisBlues and @NHLBruins have gone back and forth through four games of the #StanleyCup Final, which has been tied or within one goal for 80.7% of total playing time.#NHLStats: https://t.co/Kb99WgxLiQ pic.twitter.com/zleuhTNkIB
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) June 6, 2019
Blues Lineup Change
Only one change will happen in the Blues lineup. Head coach Craig Berube announced that defenseman Robert Bortuzzo will replace Joel Edmundson in the third defensive pairing.
Defenseman Robert Bortuzzo will replace Joel Edmundson in the lineup for the Blues against the Bruins in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS) https://t.co/q8M3ym26Tw
— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) June 6, 2019
Blues projected lineup
Jaden Schwartz — Brayden Schenn — Vladimir Tarasenko
Zach Sanford — Ryan O’Reilly — David Perron
Pat Maroon — Tyler Bozak — Sammy Blais
Ivan Barbashev — Oskar Sundqvist — Alexander Steen
Carl Gunnarsson — Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester — Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn — Robert Bortuzzo
Bruins projected lineup
Brad Marchand — Patrice Bergeron — David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk — David Krejci
Marcus Johansson — Charlie Coyle — Danton Heinen
Joakim Nordstrom — Sean Kuraly — Noel Acciari
Zdeno Chara — Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug — Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk — Connor Clifton
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