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    It all comes down to this. Two teams left standing in the . One is a perennial Stanley Cup contender looking for its second championship Mark Messier Jersey this decade, the other a Cinderella team that was dead-last in the NHL at the start of January and has never won one.The Bruins, who finished third in the NHL,marched into the finalwith a sweep of the upstart Hurricanes. On the flip side, the Blues defeated the Sharks in six in the Western Conference finals after compiling the league’s best record from Jan. 3 onward.This will be a battle between a hot rookie netminder and the top offensive line in the league. Of two teams sharing one goal skating around the ice with Lord Stanley’s Cup.MORE: Who will win and who will go home empty-handed is to be determined but it is expected to be a wild ride all the way to the end.Boston Bruins (-160)vs.Blues (+140): Schedule, breakdown, predictionDate Matchup Time (TV channel) May 27Game 1 at Boston8 p.m. ET (NBC, SN, CBC, TVA)May 29Game 2 at Boston8 p.m. ET (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA)June 1Game 3 at St. Louis8 p.m. ET (NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA)June 3Game 4 at St. Louis8 p.m. ET (NBC, SN, CBC, TVA)June 6*Game 5 at Boston8 p.m. ET (NBC, SN, CBC, TVA)June 9*Game 6 at St. Louis8 p.m. ET (NBC, SN, CBC, TVA)June 12*Game 7 at Boston8 p.m. ET (NBC, SN, CBC, TVA)(*if nece sary) Season seriesSince these two teams only played each other twice over the course of the season, it’s hard to take into consideration the impact this has on the finals especially since they split games and Jordan Binnington only started one.Chris Wagner, who is not expected to be ready to go for Boston after blocking a shot with his arm in Game 3 against Carolina, led all scorers with three points (two goals, one a sist). Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask recorded a 1.44 goals-against average and a .949 save percentagewhile Binnington boasted a 0.92 GAA and .969 save %.DATEROADHOMERESULTJan. 17BluesBruinsBOS, 5-2Feb. 23BruinsBluesSTL, 2-1 (SO)OffenseBlues: Welcome to the playoffs, Vladimir Tarasenko the Blues superstar has finally broken out.He entered the Western Conference finals with only one goal in his last six games. In the Sharks series, he recorded at least one point in every game and had three in the all-important Game 5. His linemate, Jaden Schwartz, notched four goals in the series and has 12 in the postseason which is more than he had in the entireregular season (69 games).The Western Conference finals also saw Jean-Francois Jacques Jersey a more balanced attack from the Blues. David Perron (three goals, four a sists) and Tyler Bozak, who only had two goals in the first two series, had three goals, including the game-winner in Game 4.With their game elevated and the blueline corps led bycaptain Alex Pietrangelo, Joel Edmundson and Colton Parayko jumping into the play, Craig Berube can turn to anyone on his bench when a big goal is needed.MORE Jesse Puljujarvi Jersey :Boston:The Perfection Line of David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron have been the driving force for Boston’s offense all season long. In the postseason, the trio has netted38.6%of their team’s goals and in the Carolina series, they had six goals and two game-winners. They showed they can be consistent in the Eastern Conference finals but still need to step up their game5-on-5.Boston’s other forwardswill need to continue chipping in goals to help them balance itsattack, as the lo s of Wagner will leave a big hole in the lineup. Charlie Coyle, acquired in February, has transitioned seamle sly and has six goals and six a sists in the postseason. His linemate Marcus Johan son, who was also a trade deadline addition, has three goals and six a sists while David Krejci has 14 points.Just like Berube, Bruce Ca sidy has a deep bench that includes a solid group of blueliners who can bury the puck when needed.Edge: Only because of the Perfection Line,Boston. DefenseBlues:The Blues defense is solid.Pietrangelo and Edmundson and Parayko andJay Bouwmeester have stepped up their game when called upon and have stifled the opposition. In the Stanley Cup Final, all eyes will be on the 35-year-old Bouwmeester who, in his 16th NHL season, is making his finaldebut. He has looked solid while getting more than 23 minutes a game and, alongwith his partner Parayko, has shut down some of the Sharks top offensive players.A big key for the defense is also the play of netminder Jordan Binnington who has provided a sense of calm for St. Louis in between the pipe. The one big question for the Blues, however, is the status of Vince Dunn. He took a puck to the face in Game 3 and has not played since. Patrick Maroon Jersey Robert Bortuzzo did slotinto his spot and scored the game-winning goal inGame 4.MORE:Boston: Experience is something that should never be taken for granted, just ask 42-year-old defenseman Zdeno Chara. Yes, he has 21 years of wear and tear, but the big man is also plus-11 in the postseason and clocking in over 22 minutes a game and is on the top pairing with Charlie McAvoy. He mi sed Game 4 but looks ready to go in his third Stanley Cup Final. They, along with the rest of the Bruins backend have held teams to an impre sive1.94 goals-against average.All six defenseman have played key roles in the postseason, whether offensively or defensively. They’ll need to step up as the Blues have four solid lines of offense they can roll through. But like St. Louis, they have one Tuukka Rask in net, who is the biggest shutdown player in the NHL right now.Edge: Even. GoaltendingBlues: It can’t be saidit enough,Jordan Binnington is a star. In 19 games he has a 2.36 goals-against average and .914save percentage. His numbers droppedslightly in the Western Conference Finals from the second round, from 2.18 GAA to 2.32 and a .922 save pct. to .912. Not a big dip considering the firepower San Jose brought. Binnington is steady in net and the backbone of this team and has been since he took over in January. And a quick reminder, while it’s not a large sample size, he did hold Boston to only one goal in a shootout win back in February.Boston: Benoit Pouliot Jersey Many have already etched his name on the Conn Smythe Trophy, and to be fair even if Boston loses it could be his to lose. Rask hasan impre sive 1.84 GAA, .942 save percentage and two shutouts. In the series against Carolina, his number dropped even more to a 1.25 GAA, a.956 save pct.and he shutout the Canes in Game 4. St. Louis does have a deeper lineup than Carolina but Rask has looked incredibly steadyin net for Boston.Of note, Rask is 6-2-4 with a 2.12 GAA and.924save percentage in13 games lifetime against St. Louis. Another reminder, he had a 1.44 goals-against average and a .949 save pct. in two games against the Blues this season.Edge:

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