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Stanley Cup Final Game 5 Preview: Bruins vs Blues.

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.  

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.


“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.


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.


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.


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

Starting Goalie

Jordan Binnington
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

John Moore


Starting Goalie

Tuukka Rask


Featured Image Credit: Bill Hurst-USA TODAY Sports

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