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2019 Stanley Cup Final: Projected lines, pairings for Bruins vs. Blues Game 1

2019 Stanley Cup Final: Projected lines, pairings for Bruins vs. Blues Game 1

BOSTON -- The wait is finally over for the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues.

The 2019 Stanley Cup Final will begin Monday night at TD Garden, and there aren't any major surprises when it comes to the projected lineups for both teams.

After missing Sunday's practice due to a maintenance day, B's forward Brad Marchand was back on the ice for Monday's morning skate. Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed Marchand will be in the lineup for the series opener.

Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara also is ready to go after not playing in Boston's Eastern Conference Final-clinching Game 4 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Veteran defenseman John Moore will come out of the lineup with Chara returning. 

Tuukka Rask will start in net for Boston, and he will be opposed by Blues rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington.

The Bruins have not won Game 1 of a Stanley Cup Final since 1974 against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Blues are 0-12 in three Stanley Cup Final appearances.

Here are the projected Game 1 lineups for both teams.

BOSTON BRUINS
Brad Marchand--Patrice Bergeron--David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk--David Krejci--David Backes
Marcus Johansson--Charlie Coyle--Danton Heinen
Joakim Nordstrom--Sean Kuraly--Noel Acciari

Zdeno Chara--Charlie McAvoy
Torey Krug--Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk--Connor Clifton

Tuukka Rask

ST. LOUIS BLUES

Jaden Schwartz--Brayden Schenn--Vladimir Tarasenko
Sammy Blais--Ryan O’Reilly--David Perron
Pat Maroon--Tyler Bozak--Robert Thomas
Ivan Barbashev--Oskar Sundqvist--Alex Steen

Joel Edmundson--Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester--Colton Parayko
Carl Gunnarsson--Robert Bortuzzo

Jordan Binnington

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Zdeno Chara takes red carpet with Tom Brady at TB12 opening in Boston

Zdeno Chara takes red carpet with Tom Brady at TB12 opening in Boston

Zdeno Chara and Tom Brady are two 42-year-old Boston legends, and it's always great to see the duo hanging out together. 

The Boston Bruins captain joined the New England Patriots quarterback for his grand opening of The TB12 Performance and Recovery Center in Boston on Tuesday night. 

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Much like Brady, Chara has a very strict diet and fitness regimen, so it's no surprise to see the B's captain supporting the opening of Brady's new facility.

Chara has been a staple in the Boston lineup since he joined the team in 2006-07, and has since led the team to a Stanley Cup title in 2011 and multiple Cup Finals appearances. Brady has won six Super Bowls while also leading his team to multiple championship games. The pair will be etched into Boston sports history forever for their very long, successful careers. 

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Don Sweeney says Brandon Carlo is 'really important' to Bruins' success

Don Sweeney says Brandon Carlo is 'really important' to Bruins' success

Brandon Carlo is a huge part of the Boston Bruins' success, and general manager Don Sweeney couldn't express that enough Tuesday.

Carlo signed a two-year contract with the Bruins on Tuesday morning worth $2.85 million per season and Sweeney said he couldn't have been happier. 

"It's a really, really important day for us. [Brandon is a] big, big part of our club," said Sweeney according to BostonBruins.com's Eric Russo. "As I referenced with Charlie the other day, really important [pieces] of what we accomplished last year, what we hope to accomplish this year, and many, many years going forward."

He added: "Brandon is going to be a part of the Boston Bruins and I indicated that while we were going through negotiations, to him and to everybody else. I'm very excited to have him back in the fold."

At just 22, Carlo is maturing into one of the best young defensive-defensemen in the NHL, and naturally, Sweeney recognizes that. 

"I said this to Brandon this morning - from a leadership standpoint, he's able to now feel comfortable in his own skin to take the next young player and realize this is how we do things," said Sweeney. "And I think he wants that. So, for me, I don't think you can put a ceiling on what he's capable of doing."

Carlo has managed to flourish paired alongside Torey Krug and develop specific skills in order to benefit the Bruins.

"But he also has to live to his own ideals of what he does really well," Sweeney said. "And obviously, shutting down and taking responsibility to end games, to close out games, to protect teammates, to block shots, to do the things that other players might not be willing to do, he does really well."

Carlo will have a lot more responsibility on his shoulders come the start of the regular season, but he should be able to handle it just fine as he's improved each season since joining Boston in 2016.

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