The Stanley Cup Finals are all set. St. Louis won games 5 and 6 to advance in 6 games over the San Jose Sharks and reach their first Stanley Cup since 1970. They are looking to win the Cup for the first time in franchise history, but they still have a long way to go, however, before hoisting the cup. The Boston Bruins open the finals as -165 favorites, and will have home-ice advantage.
Boston's last game was Thursday, May 16th when they swept the Carolina Hurricanes. The Stanley Cup game 1 won't be until Memorial Day, May 27th, and they will have had 10 days to rest up and get healthy. St. Louis will still get a decent 5 days off. The only thing that will hurt the Bruins, I think, is all that time off. If the Blues can capitalize on that rust, and steal game one on the road, even if the Bruins win game 2, they will have lost home ice to the Blues. I almost feel that whoever wins game one will have a big advantage the rest of the way. So how will the Bruins handle all that time off?
They are scheduling a public intra-squad game for Thursday night to keep their competitive edge sharp. It will be two-25 minute periods, or halves, and will have 2 official "officials"- refs- on the ice. They may even go as far as to create scenarios like power-plays, and even have players switch teams to create specific match-ups. If you're in the Boston area, tickets will be 20 dollars and proceeds will go to support a local charity.