The 2013 Stanley Cup Finals are set to commence on Wednesday, June 12, as the Chicago Blackhawks play host to the Boston Bruins. While everyone may have a theory on what will transpire, there's only one question that truly matters.
When and where can you watch Game 1?
The Blackhawks enter this series coming off a campaign in which they set the NHL record for consecutive games with a point earned to start a season. During the playoffs, they've looked vulnerable, but have overcome the lack of production from their stars to reach the Stanley Cup Finals.
For the Bruins, it's been nothing short of magical since they made an extraordinary comeback to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs in seven games. They've also defeated the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins en route to their current position.
So when and where can you watch the NHL's two elite clash?
Boston Bruins at Chicago Blackhawks, Game 1
Time: Wednesday, June 12 at 8 p.m. ET
Series Record: 0-0
In Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Chicago Blackhawks will host the Boston Bruins at the United Center. On top of the fact that these are the top two teams in the NHL, this is a series with a significant historical importance.
The Original Six are back in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Blackhawks will meet Bruins in Stanley Cup Final in 1st meeting of Original Six teams in Cup Final since 1979 (Canadiens def Rangers, 4-1)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 9, 2013
A historic clash, to say the least.
As for what will transpire, it's important to note that, including the playoffs, the Blackhawks are 27-4-3 at home. As for the Bruins, including the postseason, they're 17-11-3 on the road.
Who will win Game 1?
The numbers are in Chicago's favor.
While that may be telling, there's a reason that the games are not decided on paper, but instead on the ice. After all, no one expected the Bruins to come back from three goals down in the third period of Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Even fewer expected the Bruins to sweep the Pittsburgh Penguins and hold Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin without a goal.
While there is reason for skepticism on Chicago's behalf, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have finally found their rhythm. For that reason, we're inclined to believe that the Blackhawks will take Game 1 on their home ice.
After all, who has more to prove than Toews and Corey Crawford as they take on David Krejci and Tuuka Rask? Chicago wins a good one, as its empty net goal makes this look more lopsided than it truly will be.
Blackhawks 3, Bruins 1