The 2013 Stanley Cup Final kicks off on Wednesday. Though both teams involved enter the Final with relatively healthy rosters, each have battled through different levels of adversity throughout these playoffs.
It’s been quite some time since the last Original Six Cup Final. But this year will feature the first Final meeting of two Original Six teams since 1979 when the Montreal Canadiens defeated the New York Rangers, 4-1. So, who are this year’s two lucky combatants?
(1) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (4) Boston Bruins
Chicago came into these playoffs with lofty expectations having won this year’s Presidents’ Trophy. Their Game 7 against the Detroit Red Wings really helped settle them down as some of their stars weren’t playing to the level most are accustomed to.
Player to Watch: Patrick Kane
Boston kicked off their playoff run with a series that was minutes away from having their season end prematurely as they were pushed to a Game 7 by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Maybe it was the scare they need because their next two series were ended in convincing fashion.
Player to Watch: David Krejci
The Stanley Cup Final can almost be seen as a repeat of both Conference Finals as the teams involved are very similar. You had teams in Chicago and Pittsburgh that wanted to use their speed and skill to defeated the bigger, more physical teams in Los Angeles and Boston. It was your typical skill vs. size matchup. Though it worked out for the Blackhawks, the Penguins didn’t fare too well.
Chicago proved they could take down a big physical team by beating the Kings and Boston proved they could overcome elite skill in beating the Penguins. Which playing style will ultimately win out remains to be seen. But one thing that’s all but certain is, this is going to be a fun series.
Game 1: Wednesday, June 12 – Boston @ Chicago – 8pm/ET – NBC, CBC, RDS
Game 2: Saturday, June 15 – Boston @ Chicago – 8pm/ET – NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Game 3: Monday, June 17 – Chicago @ Boston – 8pm/ET – NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Game 4: Wednesday, June 19 – Chicago @ Boston – 8pm/ET – NBC, CBC, RDS
*Game 5: Saturday, June 22 – Boston @ Chicago – 8pm/ET – NBC, CBC, RDS
*Game 6: Monday, June 24 – Chicago @ Boston – 8pm/ET – NBC, CBC, RDS
*Game 7: Wednesday, June 26 – Boston @ Chicago – 8pm/ET – NBC, CBC, RDS
*If necessary – All times listed are Eastern Time and subject to change.