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Stanley Cup Final Game 6 Preview: Bruins vs Blues

Series: Blues lead 3-2

Location: Enterprise Center

Time: 8:00 p.m. ET; (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)


The St. Louis Blues and it’s fans can win it’s first ever Stanley Cup title tonight. The Blues won the last two games and hope to win the third on home ice. They are 7-1 in Game 5-7 during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

“You don’t want to get too far ahead, but it’s hard not to,” Blues coach Craig Berube said. “That’s normal, but our guys have done a good job in the playoffs of focusing on just small things, first periods, things like that, and that’s going to be important tonight.”


The Bruins hope to turn things around and force Game 7. They are 7-3 on the road while the Blues are 6-6 at home.


Bruins Top Line Troubles

The top line of Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, and Patrice Bergeron had been shutout on the 5-on-5. They had yet to score on the 5-on-5 in the final series. Head coach Bruce Cassidy believes that his top line looked better in Game 5. The Bruins outshot the Blues 17-8 in the first period of Game 5. They failed to score in the first period and lost 2-1.


Kuhlman in the second-line

Bruins forward Karson Kuhlman will be on the second line with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk. Kuhlman has been a healthy scratch for the past 12 games and will fill in for David Backes spot. The Bruins played with 11 forwards and seven defensemen in Game 5. Marcus Johansson and Pastrnak double shifted and played in the second-line with DeBrusk and Krejci. Kuhlman can bring in a lot of speed for the Bruins.


Grzelcyk Out

Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk will be out for Game 6. Grzelcyk remains in concussion protocol and hopes to return for Game 7. The Bruins defender scored seven points (three goals, four assists) in 19 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He hasn’t played since being injured from a hit on the head from Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist in Game 2.

John Moore is expected to play in Grzelcyk third-line spot on defense. He will pair with Connor Clifton.


Scoring on Binnington

Blued rookie goalie Jordan Binnington had an incredible Game 5, making 38 saves. The Bruins had trouble with secondary chances from rebounds. There was a lot of pressure on the Blues when Binnington allowed some juicy rebounds. The rookie goaltender is one of the candidates to win the Conn Smythe Trophy (Playoff MVP). He tied an NHL Playoff record for most playoffs wins (15) by a rookie goaltender. His journey has been amazing. Heading into Game 6, he has 15 wins, 2.46 Goals Against Average and .913 save percentage. 


Barbashev Suspended, Robert Thomas Returns

Blues forward Ivan Barbashev is suspended for Game 6. The NHL Department of Player Safety suspended him for his illegal check to the head of Bruins forward Marcus Johansson in Game 5.


Barbashev’s physical presence will be missed in the Blues fourth-line. Sammy Blais will fill in Barbashev’s spot and line up with Oskar Sundqvist and Alexander Steen.


Blues forward Robert Thomas will return after missing four games with an upper-body injury. He will be the third-line right wing with center Tyler Bozak and left wing Pat Maroon.


Blues projected lineup



Jaden Schwartz — Brayden Schenn — Vladimir Tarasenko

Zach Sanford — Ryan O’Reilly — David Perron

Pat Maroon — Tyler Bozak — Robert Thomas

Sammy Blais — 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 — Karson Kuhlman

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


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