Stanley Cup Final Game 5 : Welcome to the Stanley Cup Final Buzz, a daily in-depth look at the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and the St. Louis Blues. The Blues and Bruins are back in Boston for Game 5 on Thursday (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS). The best-of-7 series is tied.
Stanley Cup Game 5 Info
When: Thursday, June 6, at 8 p.m. ET
Live stream: NBC Sports
Stanley Cup Final Game 5
Here are the latest headlines from the Stanley Cup Final
— Injured defensemen Zdeno Chara and Matt Grzelcyk each participated in the Bruins’ optional morning skate Thursday and are game-time decisions for Game 5
The Boston Bruins are 5-1 in their last six games coming off a loss. After suffering a 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues in Game 4, the Bruins will try to take back their series lead when they host St. Louis on Thursday night.
Boston is a -155 home favorite on the NHL odds in Game 5 at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Blues hope to take their first lead of the series with a win as +135 road underdogs.
Zdeno Chara’s status for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues at TD Garden on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS) is uncertain, but defenseman Matt Grzelcyk could return.
Chara was injured on a shot from Blues forward Brayden Schenn that deflected off his stick and hit him in the mouth 3:07 into the second period of Boston’s 4-2 loss in Game 4 on Monday that evened the best-of-7 series. He returned for the third period wearing a full, clear face shield, but did not play another shift.
Stanley Cup Final Game 5. The Boston Bruins reached the Stanley Cup Final despite a run of regular-season injuries that prevented anyone on the roster from playing all 82 games.
Now comes the real test.
The Bruins are preparing for Game 5 against the St. Louis Blues without captain and No. 1 defenseman Zdeno Chara, who did not return after he was hit in the face by a deflected puck on Monday night. The St. Louis Blues won 4-2 to even the series at two games apiece.
On Tuesday, The Athletic’s Jeremy Rutherford reported that Chara suffered a broken jaw on the play. Additionally, WEEI radio host Christian Fauria had earlier reported that Chara broke his jaw and that he would likely be out for the remainder of the playoffs.
The Bruins have not yet confirmed Chara’s status heading into Game 5, which is scheduled to be played Thursday in Boston. The game is set to begin at 8 p.m. ET.