First, some news ahead of Sunday’s Game 6.
Robert Thomas is listed as a game-time decision for Game 6. With Ivan Barbashev suspended and Vladimir Tarasenko away to welcome the birth of his child, here are the lines from the Blues’ Saturday practice:
Even with the new arrival, Tarasenko will be in the Blues’ lineup for Game 6.
Meanwhile, here are the Bruins’ lines from Saturday’s practice:
I won’t pick a winner for this game because my game picks have sucked for much of the playoffs (particularly the first round). But if St. Louis finishes the job on Sunday, my Conn Smythe pick is Ryan O’Reilly. My Boston pick remains Tuukka Rask if the Bruins can repeat 2011 and win Games 6 and 7 of the final.
This isn’t surprising news by any means, but according to Pierre LeBrun, the Anaheim Ducks are considering either trading or buying out Corey Perry. Getting something back for Perry would be the most ideal scenario for the Ducks, but he’s currently earning over $8 million for two more seasons. That’s considerable cap space for a player who scored just ten points (6g-4a) with a minus-16 in 31 games last season, a season that didn’t get going until February because of knee surgery.