Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 5: Analysis, Predictions and Questions

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Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 5: Analysis, Predictions and Questions
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Tonight, the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks will go head-to-head to take a 3-2 series lead in the Stanley Cup finals. The team that wins tonight will gain an advantage, earning two chances to close out the series.

Should Vancouver win tonight, the home-ice winning trend will continue and the Canucks will head back to Boston with a chance to close out the series and, should they lose, they will have a second chance to win the Cup at home in front of their fans in Game 7.

If Boston wins, they will continue their winning streak ensuing Nathan Horton's injury and they will put themselves in position to win in six games and hoist the Cup in front of their faithful.

With the seven-game series effectively cut down to a three-game series, it's now crunch time for Vancouver and Boston's warriors.

The series, so far, has featured grueling body checks, a number of highlight reel goals—and some not-so-highlight-reel goals—plenty of scrums and taunting in what is sure to be a great developing cross-conference rivalry and loud and faithful fans willing their home team to win.

Going into the game there are plenty of questions and lots of buzz going around.

Let's take a look at what tonight's affair should look like.

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