Final NHL Power Rankings after the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Final NHL Power Rankings after the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

The dust has finally settled on a 2019 Stanley Cup playoff that was anything but predictable.

Each of the top divisional seeds lost in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and the Bruins were left as the top seed remaining headed into the second round of the postseason. They took advantage by getting all the way to the Stanley Cup Final, but the St. Louis Blues took greater advantage by going from a wild card team all the way to a Stanley Cup champ after a seven-game thriller with the Black and Gold.

Certainly, the power rankings and NHL world order will shift again after the July 1 opening of free agency, but here’s a final look at the power rankings for the 2018-19 season with props to the rightful Stanley Cup champ St. Louis Blues: 

Bruins ticket prices for Game 7 of Cup Final remain historically high

Bruins ticket prices for Game 7 of Cup Final remain historically high

It doesn't get any bigger -- or more expensive -- than this.

The 2019 Stanley Cup Final has come down to a winner-take-all Game 7 at TD Garden on Wednesday night, where either the Boston Bruins or St. Louis Blues will be crowned as NHL champions.

It's the first Cup Final Game 7 the Bruins have ever hosted, and the first championship series Game 7 in Boston since the Celtics hosted the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1984 NBA Finals.

So ... let's just say ticket demand is high.

Here are the cheapest tickets for Wednesday's Game 7 listed on secondary-market vendors as of Monday morning:

Vivid Seats: $1,441
TicketIQ: $1,528
StubHub: $1,644

That's quite the chunk of change.

Those are the lowest-priced tickets, mind you, as the average ticket price for Game 7 is well north of $3,000 on TicketIQ.

Here's some context on that number: Per TicketIQ, Wednesday's game will be the second-most expensive potential title-clinching game in Boston sports history, trailing only the New England Patriots' Super Bowl LIII victory and more than double the Boston Red Sox's 2013 World Series victory in Game 6 at Fenway Park.

This Game 7 also should be pricier than pretty much every other series-clinching Cup Final game in recent history, according to Vivid Seats, which compiled the average ticket price of series clinchers dating to 2012.

- 2019: $2056 (as of Monday)
- 2018: $1126 (home team lost)
- 2017: $1785 (home team lost)
- 2016: $749 (home team lost)
- 2015: $1359 (home team won)
- 2014: $1007 (home team won)
- 2013: $811 (home team lost; Bruins' last appearance in Cup Final)
- 2012: $992 (home team won)

As of now, tickets for Wednesday's Game 7 are more than twice as expensive than Game 6 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, which Boston lost to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Ticket prices should fluctuate over the next few days and may drop slightly, but if you're planning to witness history Wednesday night, be prepared to empty your wallet.

UPDATE (Wednesday, June 12, 12:15 p.m. ET): It's the day of Game 7, and ticket prices have dropped to a much more reasonable price.

Just kidding. They're still crazy expensive.

According to Vivid Seats, the cheapest available Game 7 ticket at TD Garden as of Wednesday morning was $1,324, while the average cost of a ticket sold was $2,234. 

As for the premium seats? They'll run you nearly $10,000 on StubHub, per The Action Network's Darren Rovell.

There's nothing like witnessing history ... but it doesn't come cheap.

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Blues GM snaps at TD Garden ice crew, prompting this great response

Blues GM snaps at TD Garden ice crew, prompting this great response

It appears at least one member of the St. Louis Blues is on edge ahead of Game 7.

That'd be general manager Doug Armstrong, who was at TD Garden on Tuesday for the Blues' practice as they prepare for the Boston Bruins in a winner-take-all Stanley Cup Final showdown.

Per reporters at the Garden, Armstrong was irritated that the Garden ice crew (otherwise known as the "bull gang") didn't have the rink ready to go for St. Louis' practice.

But according to TSN's Darren Dreger, at one least bull gang member didn't take Armstrong's tongue-lashing lying down.

Welcome to Boston, Doug.

Luckily for all parties involved, it appears tensions were diffused.

Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk's father actually is a member of the Garden ice crew, but no word on whether he was the one to snap back at Armstrong.

The TD Garden ice occasionally has been an issue during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as the warm Boston weather has resulted in soft ice and strange bounces.

Wednesday's forecast calls for temperatures in the mid-70s, so Armstrong can rest assured that the bull gang will be hard at work leading up to Game 7.

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