NHL Playoffs 2019: Stanley Cup Conference Finals Schedule and Predictions

Jake RillCorrespondent IIIMay 14, 2019

St. Louis Blues' Robert Bortuzzo, left, celebrates with teammates Robert Thomas (18) and Pat Maroon (7) after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks in the second period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals Monday, May 13, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Ben Margot/Associated Press

For hockey fans who were worried that the conference finals round of the NHL playoffs may not be competitive, the St. Louis Blues have quelled that concern.

On Monday night, the Blues bounced back with a 4-2 win to even the Western Conference finals against the San Jose Sharks at 1-1. St. Louis improved to 6-2 on the road this postseason and has a chance to take control of this series at home in Games 3 and 4.

The Eastern Conference finals resume Tuesday as the Carolina Hurricanes look to avoid falling behind 3-0 to the Boston Bruins.

          

Conference Finals Schedule

*If necessary. All times ET.             

Tuesday, May 14

Game 3: Boston at Carolina, 8 p.m., NBC Sports Network

            

Wednesday, May 15

Game 3: San Jose at St. Louis, 8 p.m., NBC Sports Network

           

Thursday, May 16

Game 4: Boston at Carolina, 8 p.m., NBC Sports Network

             

Friday, May 17

Game 4: San Jose at St. Louis, 8 p.m., NBC Sports Network

             

Saturday, May 18

Game 5: Carolina at Boston, 7:15 p.m., NBC*

             

Sunday, May 19

Game 5: St. Louis at San Jose, 3 p.m., NBC

            

Monday, May 20

Game 6: Boston at Carolina, 8 p.m., NBC Sports Network*

            

Tuesday, May 21

Game 6: San Jose at St. Louis, 8 p.m., NBC Sports Network*

               

Wednesday, May 22

Game 7: Carolina at Boston, 8 p.m., NBC Sports Network*

              

Thursday, May 23

Game 7: St. Louis at San Jose, 9 p.m., NBC Sports Network*

           

Game 3 Predictions

Carolina over Boston

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 12: Head coach Rod Brind'Amour of the Carolina Hurricanes reacts during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Final against the Boston Bruins during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 12, 2019 in Boston, Massach
Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

The Hurricanes had a strong start to the playoffs, but not so much in the Eastern Conference finals.

The Bruins have scored 11 goals over two home wins to open the series against Carolina.

"It looked like we were really tired," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said, according to NHL.com's Dan Rosen. "We have only played two games in 10 days, but I think the mental fatigue got to us. There's been a real strong push by our guys for about four months and it just felt like we didn't have that extra gear you need at this time of year."

What can help Carolina reach that? A return to its home ice, where it is 5-0 this postseason, with three wins against the Washington Capitals and two over the New York Islanders.

It's going to be tough for the Hurricanes to win this series, especially if the Bruins continue to score goals at this prolific rate. However, they're going to make it close, beginning with a Game 3 win on Tuesday night.

          

St. Louis over San Jose

Ben Margot/Associated Press

The Blues may be playing better on the road, but it's always nice for a team to return to their home ice in front of their fans. Plus, the last time St. Louis played there, it won Game 7 over the Dallas Stars in the second round.

It was huge for the Blues to avoid a 0-2 deficit by winning Game 2 in San Jose. Now, they're going to build momentum as they continue to rely on a balanced scoring attack and goalie Jordan Binnington.

"We're not going away," Blues center Brayden Schenn said, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jim Thomas. "It's playoff hockey. It's gonna be ups and downs, momentum shifts."

Binnington bounced back from a tough Game 1 showing to allow only two goals and make 24 saves in St. Louis' Game 2 victory. Expect another strong performance from the goaltender to power the Blues to another win.

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