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22:00  19 may  2019
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Stanley Cup playoffs conference finals schedule and TV info

Stanley Cup playoffs conference finals schedule and TV info Watch the action live on CBC TV or streamed through and the CBC Sports app. CBC will be the home for every game of the Eastern Conference final between the Boston Bruins and the Carolina Hurricanes, as well as each game of the Western Conference final between the St. Louis Blues and the San Jose Sharks. The full broadcast schedule for the conference finals of the NHL playoffs is below: Eastern Conference final Carolina Hurricanes vs. Boston Bruins Game 1: Carolina at Boston – Thursday, May 9, 8 p.m. ET Game 2: Carolina at Boston – Sunday, May 12, 3 p.m.

With 11 days off between Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final and Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final , the Boston Bruins are in search of some advice , some counsel, on how to keep their players at their best, despite the long layoff. Video: #ThirstForTheCup: Bruins heading to Stanley Cup Final .

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Bruins to ask Patriots for advice on how to stay sharp for Stanley Cup Final General manager Don Sweeney of the Boston Bruins

During his press conference on Saturday, Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said the team would go outside the organization for advice on how utilize its time correctly considering it doesn't play again until May 27, which is still eight days away. The Athletic’s Joe McDonald (subscription required) adds that Sweeney was talking about consulting the New England Patriots of the NFL, a team that has spent quite a bit of time playing in Super Bowl games.

In fact, Boston’s four major franchises have combined for 12 titles this century, but with six Super Bowl Championships, the Patriots may know how to stay sharp more than anyone. The team hopes to take some of Bill Belichick’s tips to heart.

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The Bruins won their seventh straight postseason game — their longest playoff winning streak in nearly half a century — to return to the Cup final after winning “It’s so difficult to advance in the playoffs, let alone make it to the final ,” said Rask, the backup to Conn Smythe Trophy winner Tim Thomas in 2011.

“Hopefully they’ll be able to share some information with us,” Sweeney said.

There was initially some talk of an intra-squad game, but there is no real way to simulate a Stanley Cup Final game, nor is the team thrilled about opening up its players to possible injury. In the end, rest might be the best course of action. Sweeney said:

“In the short term, it’s really beneficial for our group. We’ve been pedal to the metal here, mentally and physically, for a while. I do believe in the short term it will help us a lot. Then it’s incumbent upon us to simulate the best we can with what’s going to be required going forward.”

Here's more from around the league...

  • TVA Sports (translation required) suggests that while there are plenty of rumors surrounding the Montreal Canadiens being interested in putting together an offer sheet to pry Mitch Marner away from the Toronto Maple Leafs, the writer suggests instead the team should use an offer sheet instead to get Kasperi Kapanen, which would have a much higher chance of success. If the Canadiens offer Kapanen a deal anywhere from $4.23M to $6.63M for at least three years, the compensation would only be a first- and a third-round pick, which would likely be worth the acquisition.
  • The New York Post’s Joseph Staszewski reports 2019 draft prospect Kaapo Kakko said that his goal is to become the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft to the New Jersey Devils. Kakko is currently expected to be the second overall pick in the draft, slated to go to the New York Rangers with prospect Jack Hughes expected to end up in New Jersey. However, an impressive showing so far at the World Championships for Finland might be enough to push him one notch higher. “This is a big thing for me for the draft,” Kakko told through a translator. “I think I can be the first [pick]. “I’ve played well. I haven’t paid much attention to Jack Hughes and his game, but I’m confident I’ve been able to let everyone see my skills and the level of my game. It’s not going to be an easy choice for the teams.”
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press looks back at the Detroit Red Wings’ 2015 NHL Draft, analyzing its success. The team drafted Evgeny Svechnikov that year, who lost some valuable development time last season when he was forced to undergo ACL surgery in September. While the team still has a few pending prospects from that draft, the key to the draft will be Svechnikov, who so far has just two goals in 16 games and needs a bounce-back season if the Red Wings don’t want to look at that draft as a failure.

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