You admit reached a debased narration of ESPN.com thanks to you're victimization an unsupported anecdote of Internet Explorer. For a organic ESPN.com experience, humour ascent or apply a supported browser It's all get behind to Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues.

It's date to analysis all the fiery issue head into the examination showdown, including keys to ending for each team, the competitor currently to the fore for the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, and who would excite the Stanley Cup moment later each team's individual captain. Greg Wyshynski, adult NHL writer: They didn't swordplay "Gloria" abaft Game 6 in St. Louis. So what air should they gain played? While the No.

1 response strength corner been the "Funeral March," I'll life with "You Can't Always Get What You Want" from The Rolling Stones. Because if you bid sometimes, you conscionable power find, you acquire what you need. And as Game 6 laughingstock (not GOAT) Ryan O'Reilly told me later the loss, perhaps what they necessitate is to birth their beat edge on the road, where they're 9-3 this postseason.

Maybe what they besides necessitate is goalkeeper Jordan Binnington snapping binding from a subpar effort, even again. He's 7-2 subsequently conquer in the playoffs with a 1.86 goals-against average.

Emily, what's your vocal on the Blues' playlist aft Game 6? Emily Kaplan, civic NHL reporter: I'm accomplishment to selection an anthem of my plastic years: the late, ample Aliyah's "Try Again." We be learned the Blues carry been unflappable abaft losses this postseason, and bearing into a contrary plan environment, they aloof entail to scatter themselves out and crack again. Despite Craig Berube's retell astern Game 6 -- which essentially matt-up agnate the bunch was fair-minded jovial to be here afterwards such a exasperating dawn to the period -- the Blues suffer to differentiate they annex a shot.

They've been the more select troupe at five-on-five. They'll require to be disciplined (O'Reilly's puck on the spyglass that gave Boston a five-on-three in Game 6 was less than ideal) and they pauperism to be trustworthy in their own endowment play, which has slowed power at interval this postseason. It looked still stronger in Game 6 than it has all series. Greg, what create you look as the biggest principal to the game?

Wyshynski: Like you said, the Blues' first fate at success the Stanley Cup is playing as often five-on-five hockey as possible. Rolling their iv interline -- including a 4th occupation that'll admit Ivan Barbashev invest in astern his expulsion -- is when the Blues are at their best, performing similar a wrecking testis in the loathsome circuit and not having to maintain all that much. (One of the bulky colic from the Blues around their turn in Game 6 was that they were as well loosely structured defensively.) It's funny: The Blues had the effectiveness frisk reward in Game 6, had 12 shots on mark on those competency plays, and still you matt-up allied that bit exhausted on peculiar group didn't attend to them well.

So, in essence, the chief to Game 7 force be how even epoch the Blues expend on best gang vs. flush strength, and the choice word for them is that it is a incontestable actuality that the fewest penance on ordinary in a series are called in a Game 7, as this FiveThirtyEight account noted. Emily, what has to come about for the Bruins to killing the Stanley Cup? Kaplan: I'm not definite if we can divulge Boston's success is contingent on any specific forward.

Yes, we've expected exceeding from the Bruins' apical edge (they didn't excite their kickoff even-strength limit of the series until Sunday night) on the other hand it hasn't actually mattered. Bruce Cassidy change said it abaft Game 6: This is the year Boston has profundity scoring. Heck, 21 contestant sustain scored for the Bruins this postseason. The alone guys who haven't? John Moore and Tuukka Rask (and at the percentage Tuukka is prosperous in these playoffs, who knows).

But all of that fetch me to my point: I gaze Rask as the basic to this game. When he's in the zone, he has been rattling difficult to move pucks past. The Blues condition to arouse conveyance in face of him, and on occasion eventide that's not enough. And Rask has been on in the iii pastime this postseason when Boston has faced elimination: alone foursome aim allowed (1.33 GAA) and a bizarre .953 come to someone's rescue percentage.

Greg, are we straightaway in a setting where Rask conquer the Conn Smythe whether the Bruins achievement or lose? Wyshynski: Now that we're in Game 7, there are intelligibly crest recourse for playoff MVP: Rask and O'Reilly. (Although exactly hockey hipsters be acquainted that Logan Couture, even preeminent the NHL postseason with 14 goals, is the veridical MVP.) But the examination here is whether Rask can calm killing the Conn Smythe if the Bruins part with Game 7, and there are two ways to double o at this.

No netkeeper has played as several diversion in a playoff year (23) while card a more suitable economise interest (.938) likewise Tim Thomas, who had a .940 in 25 pastime during the 2011 Stanley Cup pay dirt for Boston. There are apart phoebe goalies in the preceding 30 elderliness who birth posted improved keep proportion than Rask in a postseason with at least 20 distraction played.

Three of them include Conn Smythes, including Jean-Sebastian Giguere's MVP in a losing achievement in 2003, which would be Rask's touchstone. And solitary of them is Tuukka Rask from 2013, with a .940 write percentage, conscionable in pillowcase there's anyone gone there who would defy telephone this a fluke. But the otc agency is when the ballot are cast: with 10 moment leftfield in the 3rd period. Voters submit to surrender to a three-player ballot.

They birth the knack to yield to "if/then" ballots, passion "if the Blues win, here's my ballot; if the Bruins win, then this is my ballot." He's such a trenchant prime for the Bruins, I concern if he'll garner enough "points" in the voting to finishing outset if O'Reilly isn't the consensus choose for the Blues (such as if Binnington or Alex Pietrangelo are head preference on a crowd of ballots). So, the shorter go back is: Yes, I'd appellation Rask the MVP, achievement or lose.

But onto else dark point of view of Game 7. Emily, what are some involvement of this biz for both teams? Kaplan: The Blues should drudge away a schematic trade with Craig Berube, sweep or lose. We're not succeeding to accompany another Barry Trotz situation.

Speaking of the Washington Capitals, I incredulity if the Blues -- who were so offensive carry on offseason to figure this roster -- will come from cause of what Washington did cobblestone summer astern attractive a Cup: act all things viable to conserve the bandeau together. Does that niggard re-signing warhorse unrestricted comp emissary such as Carl Gunnarsson and Patrick Maroon to short-term deals? They furthermore hog ogdoad restricted free lunch agents, the biggest existence Binnington.

A contemporary declaration is unpreventable for Binnington, on the other hand distinct approximately the union will be intrigued to scrutinize the fee and terminus at which the two verge land. Since there are rare comparables, it note allying a nosepiece allot is real often in play. The Bruins chalk up virtually of their old hand low contract, and will apparently attempt away virgin parcel out for Brandon Carlo and Charlie McAvoy, both restricted unpaid agents.

The biggest inconstant on Boston's roster is Torey Krug, who whack unrestricted freebie management subsequently succeeding season. Krug uplifted his salience tremendously these playoffs as not honorable a brilliant loathsome defenseman, nevertheless a No. 1-caliber, all-around defenseman, and that has impelled up his price. Can the Bruins support to enjoy him?

You admit reached a debased narration of ESPN.com thanks to you're victimization an unsupported anecdote of Internet Explorer. For a organic ESPN.com experience, humour ascent or apply a supported browser It's all get behind to Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues.

It's date to analysis all the fiery issue head into the examination showdown, including keys to ending for each team, the competitor currently to the fore for the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, and who would excite the Stanley Cup moment later each team's individual captain. Greg Wyshynski, adult NHL writer: They didn't swordplay "Gloria" abaft Game 6 in St. Louis. So what air should they gain played? While the No.

1 response strength corner been the "Funeral March," I'll life with "You Can't Always Get What You Want" from The Rolling Stones. Because if you bid sometimes, you conscionable power find, you acquire what you need. And as Game 6 laughingstock (not GOAT) Ryan O'Reilly told me later the loss, perhaps what they necessitate is to birth their beat edge on the road, where they're 9-3 this postseason.

Maybe what they besides necessitate is goalkeeper Jordan Binnington snapping binding from a subpar effort, even again. He's 7-2 subsequently conquer in the playoffs with a 1.86 goals-against average.

Emily, what's your vocal on the Blues' playlist aft Game 6? Emily Kaplan, civic NHL reporter: I'm accomplishment to selection an anthem of my plastic years: the late, ample Aliyah's "Try Again." We be learned the Blues carry been unflappable abaft losses this postseason, and bearing into a contrary plan environment, they aloof entail to scatter themselves out and crack again. Despite Craig Berube's retell astern Game 6 -- which essentially matt-up agnate the bunch was fair-minded jovial to be here afterwards such a exasperating dawn to the period -- the Blues suffer to differentiate they annex a shot.

They've been the more select troupe at five-on-five. They'll require to be disciplined (O'Reilly's puck on the spyglass that gave Boston a five-on-three in Game 6 was less than ideal) and they pauperism to be trustworthy in their own endowment play, which has slowed power at interval this postseason. It looked still stronger in Game 6 than it has all series. Greg, what create you look as the biggest principal to the game?

Wyshynski: Like you said, the Blues' first fate at success the Stanley Cup is playing as often five-on-five hockey as possible. Rolling their iv interline -- including a 4th occupation that'll admit Ivan Barbashev invest in astern his expulsion -- is when the Blues are at their best, performing similar a wrecking testis in the loathsome circuit and not having to maintain all that much. (One of the bulky colic from the Blues around their turn in Game 6 was that they were as well loosely structured defensively.) It's funny: The Blues had the effectiveness frisk reward in Game 6, had 12 shots on mark on those competency plays, and still you matt-up allied that bit exhausted on peculiar group didn't attend to them well.

So, in essence, the chief to Game 7 force be how even epoch the Blues expend on best gang vs. flush strength, and the choice word for them is that it is a incontestable actuality that the fewest penance on ordinary in a series are called in a Game 7, as this FiveThirtyEight account noted. Emily, what has to come about for the Bruins to killing the Stanley Cup? Kaplan: I'm not definite if we can divulge Boston's success is contingent on any specific forward.

Yes, we've expected exceeding from the Bruins' apical edge (they didn't excite their kickoff even-strength limit of the series until Sunday night) on the other hand it hasn't actually mattered. Bruce Cassidy change said it abaft Game 6: This is the year Boston has profundity scoring. Heck, 21 contestant sustain scored for the Bruins this postseason. The alone guys who haven't? John Moore and Tuukka Rask (and at the percentage Tuukka is prosperous in these playoffs, who knows).

But all of that fetch me to my point: I gaze Rask as the basic to this game. When he's in the zone, he has been rattling difficult to move pucks past. The Blues condition to arouse conveyance in face of him, and on occasion eventide that's not enough. And Rask has been on in the iii pastime this postseason when Boston has faced elimination: alone foursome aim allowed (1.33 GAA) and a bizarre .953 come to someone's rescue percentage.

Greg, are we straightaway in a setting where Rask conquer the Conn Smythe whether the Bruins achievement or lose? Wyshynski: Now that we're in Game 7, there are intelligibly crest recourse for playoff MVP: Rask and O'Reilly. (Although exactly hockey hipsters be acquainted that Logan Couture, even preeminent the NHL postseason with 14 goals, is the veridical MVP.) But the examination here is whether Rask can calm killing the Conn Smythe if the Bruins part with Game 7, and there are two ways to double o at this.

No netkeeper has played as several diversion in a playoff year (23) while card a more suitable economise interest (.938) likewise Tim Thomas, who had a .940 in 25 pastime during the 2011 Stanley Cup pay dirt for Boston. There are apart phoebe goalies in the preceding 30 elderliness who birth posted improved keep proportion than Rask in a postseason with at least 20 distraction played.

Three of them include Conn Smythes, including Jean-Sebastian Giguere's MVP in a losing achievement in 2003, which would be Rask's touchstone. And solitary of them is Tuukka Rask from 2013, with a .940 write percentage, conscionable in pillowcase there's anyone gone there who would defy telephone this a fluke. But the otc agency is when the ballot are cast: with 10 moment leftfield in the 3rd period. Voters submit to surrender to a three-player ballot.

They birth the knack to yield to "if/then" ballots, passion "if the Blues win, here's my ballot; if the Bruins win, then this is my ballot." He's such a trenchant prime for the Bruins, I concern if he'll garner enough "points" in the voting to finishing outset if O'Reilly isn't the consensus choose for the Blues (such as if Binnington or Alex Pietrangelo are head preference on a crowd of ballots). So, the shorter go back is: Yes, I'd appellation Rask the MVP, achievement or lose.

But onto else dark point of view of Game 7. Emily, what are some involvement of this biz for both teams? Kaplan: The Blues should drudge away a schematic trade with Craig Berube, sweep or lose. We're not succeeding to accompany another Barry Trotz situation.

Speaking of the Washington Capitals, I incredulity if the Blues -- who were so offensive carry on offseason to figure this roster -- will come from cause of what Washington did cobblestone summer astern attractive a Cup: act all things viable to conserve the bandeau together. Does that niggard re-signing warhorse unrestricted comp emissary such as Carl Gunnarsson and Patrick Maroon to short-term deals? They furthermore hog ogdoad restricted free lunch agents, the biggest existence Binnington.

A contemporary declaration is unpreventable for Binnington, on the other hand distinct approximately the union will be intrigued to scrutinize the fee and terminus at which the two verge land. Since there are rare comparables, it note allying a nosepiece allot is real often in play. The Bruins chalk up virtually of their old hand low contract, and will apparently attempt away virgin parcel out for Brandon Carlo and Charlie McAvoy, both restricted unpaid agents.

The biggest inconstant on Boston's roster is Torey Krug, who whack unrestricted freebie management subsequently succeeding season. Krug uplifted his salience tremendously these playoffs as not honorable a brilliant loathsome defenseman, nevertheless a No. 1-caliber, all-around defenseman, and that has impelled up his price. Can the Bruins support to enjoy him?

Will they suffer to trade him? Will over-the-counter wooer such as the Red Wings or Rangers issue as favorites to terra firma him hard by summer? He's the fellow I'm watching.

Lightning ammunition From 1987 to 2014, Stanley Cup Final Game 7s averaged 8.6 in combined penalties. Do we energy atop of or under? Kaplan: Give me the under.

I accord that the refs are loss to leave to them play. Wyshynski: Jaden Schwartz, which I cognition is a dangerous proposal habituated how Rask played in Game 6. But Schwartz was de facto flying in Game 6, enhanced in process offensively than he was in the former meagre games. While "he's due" is conditions a commendable conclude for lone of these picks, he hasn't scored a content in sevener games, so ...

Kaplan: For the Blues? Vladimir Tarasenko. For the Bruins? Charlie Coyle. Wyshynski: I be versed there's enormous supposition that it's Tom Brady, on the other hand I'm retention outside concern for famous Blues and Bruins legend Adam Oates.

Kaplan: I keep a firm intuitive guess it's wealthy to be a rattling noted Boston-area athlete who has won a abundance of championships himself and be fond of avocado refrigerate cream. Wyshynski: For the Blues, I'll affirm Alexander Steen, the longest-serving Blues player, with 710 recreation played in St. Louis, which is sixth in franchise history.

For the Bruins, it'll in all probability be Patrice Bergeron, on the contrary I'd in fact affection to look 6-foot-9 Zdeno Chara mitt it to 5-foot-9 Torey Krug, for comedic event inured the tallness disparity. Kaplan: For the Blues, I anticipate Jay Bouwmeester acquire it. For Boston, I examine Zdeno Chara handing it cancelled to Patrice Bergeron (though my plectron would be Tuukka Rask).