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It’s The St. Louis Blues Against The Boston Bruins

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NEW YORK (May 21, 2019) – The National Hockey League today confirmed the schedule for the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, which will match the Western Conference champion St. Louis Blues against the Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins, with Game 1 scheduled for Monday, May 27, in Boston.

Based on their higher regular-season point total, the Bruins will host Games 1 and 2 of the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final, as well as Games 5 and 7, if necessary.

The Blues will host Games 3 and 4, as well as Game 6, if necessary.

In the U.S., NBC will broadcast Games 1 and 4, and, if necessary, Games 5-7. NBCSN will televise Games 2 and 3.

In Canada, Sportsnet, CBC and TVA Sports will broadcast the entire series.

All games also will be carried by NBC Sports Radio/Westwood One and SiriusXM Radio. NHL Network will air live programming on-site in Boston and St. Louis, and NHL.com will continue to provide extensive digital coverage.

Media Day in advance of the Stanley Cup Final will take place on Sunday, May 26, at TD Garden, with comprehensive live coverage featured on NHL Network throughout the day. A full schedule of events forStanley Cup Final Media Day will be released at a later date.

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Videos- The St. Louis Blues Are Back In The Stanley Cup Final After 49 Years

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The Blues defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-1 tonight to win the series 4-2.

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins is Monday, May 27th in Boston.  Puck drop is sometime after 8:00pm ET.

Below is a special video and tonight's goals. 

added 10:51pm, Handshakes below.

added 11:15pm, Game highlights below.

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Open Post- Game 6 Of The Western Conference Final

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A win by the St. Louis Blues puts them into the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins.

The Blues in the early expansion years had three Stanley Cup Final appearances (coached by Scotty Bowman) in 1968, 1969 and 1970 and have not been back.  They have played 12 games in the SCF and have yet to win a game.

The San Jose Sharks need a win (E. Karlsson & Hertl are out tonight, Pavelski a game time decision) to force a game 7 in San Jose on Thursday.  The Sharks are 4-0 in elimination games this post-season.

No matter how the game plays out tonight, game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final will be on Monday, May 27th in Boston.


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The Future Of Women’s Hockey

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Combine the folding of the most established women’s league in the world, the efforts of more than 200 players who believe they’re best serving the sport they love by not playing it and NHL teams increasingly pulling the chute on women’s hockey, it’s fairly easy to where all of this is going. And it leads directly to the Manhattan headquarters of the best league in the world.

It appears women’s hockey is doing a very good job of cannibalizing itself in an effort to create a scorched earth, one that will provide the NHL with the blank canvas it wants before it throws its considerable weight behind women’s hockey. Kim Pegula basically tossed the keys on the table by relinquishing control of the Buffalo Beauts and the New Jersey Devils pulled their support for the Metropolitan Riveters. The NHL has long been of the opinion that it will not get involved in women’s hockey while there are still viable leagues in place, so a good number of those involved in the game seem to be doing their best to ensure the way is paved clear.

So we’re going to go out on a limb and assume, whether it’s in the short- or long-term, that the NHL is eventually going to provide the engine that drives the women’s game. Good luck with that to everyone involved. It’s been said before in this space and it will be said again: be careful for what you wish.


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What To Do With Jacob Trouba?

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from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

On the surface, his value has never been higher.

Yet, how that impacts where Jacob Trouba will play next season (and beyond) remains very much in question with just under a month before the 2019 NHL Draft gets underway in Vancouver.

Why is the date of the draft important as it pertains to Trouba?

Well, it’s the place where all 31 general managers and key decision makers from the respective organizations get together every year....

Some folks believe the Jets are reaching the point of no return with Trouba, that if the talented defenceman doesn’t want to commit to signing a long-term deal this summer, he should be dealt before next season begins.

Trouba is one year away from unrestricted free agency and most signs point to him wanting to get to that bench post....

With that in mind, here’s a look at an assortment of scenarios the Jets must mull over before making a decision that will have far-reaching ramifications and could play a monumental role in how long their window to win stays open:...

Trade Trouba on his own

As mentioned earlier, a swap of Trouba isn’t as simple as it sounds unless the player is willing to do a longer-term deal with the new team. For a guy who could be in line to make somewhere between $7.5 to $8.5 million on a contract with six-to-eight years of term, that could eliminate a number of potential suitors – as many contenders don’t have the space to fit Trouba under their own salary cap ceiling. However, all it takes is one team and few teams in the NHL aren’t looking to upgrade their respective blue line. The other thing to consider here is that while the Jets would love to get back into the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft, moving Trouba for futures doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense when you consider they’re a contender and trying to win now. The Jets would love to get a top-pairing D-man and a first-rounder back, but again, very few teams are in a rush to move those types of players and include a top draft pick.


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A Changed Team

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from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Two tough guys who wore glorious mullets when they first met in Philadelphia in 1986 gathered for a beer in Arizona after their teams clashed last December.

Rick Tocchet’s Arizona Coyotes just thumped Craig Berube’s St. Louis Blues by a 6-1 margin, sinking them back into 31st place in the NHL. Berube was two weeks into the job as the Blues’ interim coach, a tag that still hasn’t officially been removed.

“He looked at me and he said, ‘I need to do two things: change some stuff defensively and get them to believe,’” Tocchet recalled on Tuesday. “He said this team was good, but they had to believe. I believed him. He wasn’t down at all – and we had just pounded them. I think they hit rock bottom at that moment. That was their turning point.”

One of the first things Berube did when the Blues got home was take down the standings board in their dressing room at Enterprise Center.


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Video- This Is Anthony Mantha

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"What a play defensively from Mantha."

That's TSN analyst Ray Ferraro.

Watch below and I am getting excited by the play of Anthony Mantha in the World Championship.

added 2:48pm, Larkin takes a shot... watch below.

added 3:22pm, Mantha get 2 mins and 10 for a check to the head, watch below.

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Video- The San Jose Sharks Will Play Tonight Without Two Key Players & Possibly A Third

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Salary Cap Issues

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from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Winning comes at a cost.

“When we’re not dealing with cap issues, we’re probably rebuilding,” Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan recently explained on Prime Time Sports.

“The better you become, the less peaceful it is, the more anxiety there is, because each decision means more and so you still have problems.

“They’re just better problems.”

Embrace the rebuild and watch your salary cap concerns tumble to the floor.

But try to win today, and you’ll sweat every penny spent.

So although the NHL clubs facing the greatest cap crunches took vastly different routes to reach their summer of tough decisions and inevitable roster casualties, they all have one thing in common: they’re striving to be on the ice come May 2020.

While we await an official announcement of the 2019-20 cap ceiling, we dive into the cap issues facing the seven teams believed to have the greatest challenge working with the league’s projected $83-million salary cap.

continue (teams listed are Vegas, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Anaheim, Washington and Edmonton)...

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The Off-Season For The Nashville Predators

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Each day through the NHL Draft on June 21 and free agency on July 1, TSN.ca breaks down the latest news and rumours around the NHL.

Music City Moves?

In an interview with TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun published to The Athletic, Nashville Predators general manager David Poile did not rule out making changes to his roster this summer.

"I don’t know what’s going to happen exactly," Poile told LeBrun. "Last year I pretty well said we weren’t going to make any changes. I’m not saying that this year. I’m also not saying we’re going to totally re-make our team. I’m just going to do my job, see who’s available, make some inquiries. If there’s opportunities to make our team better, I will do that. But certainly not in the mode of making a change for the sake of making a change.’’

Poile added that he believes the team needs to add more "secondary scoring" this summer, and LeBrun reports that has renewed speculation that the Predators will chase centre Matt Duchene should he hit free agency on July 1. The Predators were linked to Duchene in 2017 before acquiring Kyle Turris in the three-team trade that sent Duchene to the Ottawa Senators from the Colorado Avalanche.

The Predators top off-season priority, Poile said, is extending captain Roman Josi who is entering the final year of his contract.

continued at TSN...

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