2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Stanley Cup Finals 2013 Schedule: TV Info and Predictions for Rest of Series

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 12:  (L-R) Michal Rozsival #32, Andrew Shaw #65, Nick Leddy #8, Dave Bolland #36 and Bryan Bickell #29 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after Shaw scored the game-winning goal in the third overtime against the Boston Bruins  in Game One of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Final at United Center on June 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJune 13, 2013

After a historically fantastic Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the nation is buzzing about the Chicago Blackhawks and Eastern Conference representative Boston Bruins. 

In the 4-3 victory on Thursday morning in Chicago, Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford recorded 51 saves while the home team out-shot the visitors, 63-54. Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask registered 59 saves in a losing effort.

The question now is: How will the rest of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals play out?

Here are my predictions for the remainder of the series, complete with the broadcasting schedule.

 

Game 2

Where: United Center, Chicago, IL

When: Saturday, June 15 at 8 p.m. ET

Watch: CBC, RDS, NBC Sports

 

The hockey gods appeared to be on Chicago's side in Game 1, as the Bruins barely missed several opportunities to put the game away. Even Chicago's third goal glanced off the skate of defenseman Andrew Ference.

I don't expect Boston to crumble and give away Game 2. On the other hand, Chicago has home-ice advantage and should be able to take Game 2 at United Center, spurred by the energy throughout the arena.

Verdict: Chicago wins Game 2

 

Game 3

Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA

When: Monday, June 17 at 8 p.m. ET

Watch: CBC, RDS, NBC Sports

 

Game 1 was a well-balanced contest that could have seen either team emerge victorious. Don't forget, Boston is coming off a sweep of the favored Pittsburgh Penguins.

I expect the Bruins to bounce back in Game 3, using their physicality to eventually squeak out a victory and get in the win column. The Bruins were out-hit by a margin of two in Chicago in Game 1. I think the advantage will reverse in Game 3.

Verdict: Boston wins Game 3

 

Game 4

Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA

When: Wednesday, June 19 at 8 p.m. ET

Watch: CBC, RDS, NBC

 

Again, I don't see the Bruins going quietly. Lost in the 4-3 defeat in Game 1 was the fact that Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask bounced back after some struggles in regulation, ending up with 59 saves.

The Bruins are also a sneaky offensive team. While Chicago's offense was heavily touted headed into the series, Boston indeed has some menacing firepower. I expect Boston to take Game 4 as well, evening what should be a long, drawn-out series for the Stanley Cup.

Verdict: Boston wins Game 4

 

Game 5 

Where: United Center, Chicago, IL

When: Saturday, June 22 at 8 p.m. ET

Watch: CBC, RDS, NBC

 

Home-ice advantage once again plays a part in the series for the Blackhawks. They retake the series in Chicago, coming out on fire in the first and second periods and withstanding a comeback attempt by the hardy Bruins.

Chicago's offense gets going in this one, although the Bruins aren't able to nearly match it, like in Game 1. This will be the first comfortable win for the Blackhawks.

Verdict: Chicago wins Game 5

 

Game 6 

Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA

When: Monday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ET

Watch: CBC, RDS, NBC

 

Guess what? The Bruins tie up the series again in Game 6.

I've seen too much from Boston in the playoffs to expect the team to go home early. The Bruins deserve to be here, evidenced by a scintillating run to the Stanley Cup Finals, and they won't let their home crowd down in Game 6.

By now, both teams should be exhausted, but the Bruins have the edge with their physical nature at home and will take Game 6.

Verdict: Boston wins Game 6

 

Game 7

Where: United Center, Chicago, IL

When: Wednesday, June 26 at 8 p.m. ET

Watch: CBC, RDS, NBC

 

This is where both teams' magical run will end.

When all is said and done, the Blackhawks will squeak out a narrow victory at United Center, setting the stage for the parade to begin.

While it was unrealistic to expect the Bruins to take Game 1, they lost a heart-breaker against the Blackhawks. In some respect, they gave the game away, headed into the third period with a 3-1 lead.

In a series so evenly-matched, you can't lose games like that. More than not, it comes back to bite you in the end.

The Bruins will give a valiant effort at the end fitting of a champion, but ultimately won't be crowned.

Verdict: Chicago wins the Stanley Cup

 

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