Game 7. That’s It, That’s the Headline

There are no two better words than Game 7 and what better way can the NHL close out the 2018-19 season than with a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals taking place at one of the most passionate sports cities in the world, Boston, Massachusetts. Boston loves their hockey and they adore their Bruins. The TD Garden will be rocking tonight as the heart and soul of the city, David Ortiz will be delivering a message before the start of the game. Ortiz is currently recovering from a gunshot wound suffered in the Dominican Republic. You can only imagine the plethora of emotions that will be going through Boston fans when that message gets delivered. It is rumored that former Bruins’ goalkeeper, champion, and Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Tim Thomas will be waving the Bruins’ banner prior to puck drop. Tuukka Rask is the man to watch for Boston as he is 8-0 with a goal against average of under one in elimination games through this postseason. Charlie Coyle would also be a great story if he can contribute to a Bruins’ Cup win tonight as he has been highlighted as the hometown hero for Boston. Boston can also be the first city to complete the American treble of championships in a year since Detroit way back in 1936. Good luck to the Boston Bruins.

The St. Louis Blues are looking to cap off one of the greatest redemption stories in sports history with their first-ever Stanley Cup title tonight. The Blues were dead last in the NHL on January 1st of this year and teammates were fighting in practice. In one of the wildest turnarounds that I have ever witnessed, they qualified for the playoffs and eliminated the Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars, and San Jose Sharks. Ryan O’Reilly and Jordan Binnington should be favorites to win the Conn Smythe if the Blues steal the cup in Boston tonight. The St. Louis faithful are ready to scream out their battle cry “Gloria” for 24 hours if they can claim their first title. Superfan, Laila Anderson is the feel-good story of this series and she will be the source of inspiration for the team as she will be in the TD Garden in hopes that she will join the team in celebrating a championship. Good luck to the St. Louis Blues.

This is the 17th Game 7 in Stanley Cup history. The Boston Bruins were involved in the most recent one back in 2011. Playoff hockey is already the best form of playoffs in sports and the energy brought on for a Game 7 is unprecedented. With this game being in Boston and with David Ortiz and Tim Thomas set to make appearances, the atmosphere will be on a scale hitherto undreamt of as the great doctor Steven Strange once said in a movie. You can watch the game on NBC at the top of the hour. Will it be seven Cups for the Bruins or will the Blues claim their first? It all happens in a few minutes. LET’S GO!!!

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Ultimate Fan Guide to the Stanley Cup Finals

The Stanley Cup Finals begin tonight at 8:00 p.m. EST on NBC between the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins and if you are a hardcore hockey fan, then you most likely already know who you will be cheering for. For the casual hockey fan or for the sports fans just looking to watch a championship battle, how do they know who to cheer for to win this year’s Stanley Cup? Should they cheer for a team that has never won a Stanley Cup and has not been in this position since 1970 when they lost to Boston or should they cheer for a team with a prestigious history and get behind a city that is looking to be only the 2nd city to ever win three major league championships in the same year? Let me breakdown the reasons to get behind either the Blues or the Bruins.

Cheer for the St. Louis Blues

The city of St. Louis lost its beloved Rams in 2016 and have been struggling as a sports town ever since. The Cardinals are now the only champions in town, but they have not won a World Series in 2011 and have not reached the playoffs since 2015. The Blues have been to known for decades to be failures in the playoffs as they have put up solid regular seasons only to come up short of their expectations every year. Now, it is their time to make up for the loss of the Rams and bring the city back to sports glory if they can take out the goliaths of Boston. For journalists, there would be no better story to tell than the Blues finally capturing the title that has evaded them on three occasions when they first entered the league. It is easy to get behind this franchise due to their shortcomings and the city’s loss of sporting greatness. Learn when to belt out “Let’s Go Blues” and the lyrics to Laura Branigan’s ’80s classic, “Gloria” and you will be set to cheer on St. Louis to their first Stanley Cup title.

Cheer for the Boston Bruins

Boston is the most hated town in sports and it is not even close but who would not want to hop on the bandwagon of the most successful sports city in American history? The six-time Stanley Cup champions return to their first finals since 2011 when they beat Vancouver and have been the most dominant team in this year’s playoffs. If you are a fan of heel personalities, then Brad Marchand is the perfect guy to get behind. There is also some history on the line as the Bruins will look to cap off the American version of a domestic treble if they win the cup. Boston would only be the second city in United States’ history to win three of the four major professional league championships with the other city being Detroit, who did it all the way back in 1935-1936. So why not get behind the favorites to win it all and “Titletown”?

Whoever wins, one thing we do know is that it will be another exciting matchup with two energetic fanbases who will be cheering from puck-drop to final horn for all potential seven games. The NHL has the best playoffs in my opinion, so even though your team may not be competing for a title, your eyes should still be locked on each game for 60 minutes.

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Weekend Preview(April 13-14th)

The Masters(all-day, Saturday and Sunday on CBS)

  • This will be a very intriguing cut and a must-watch for the weekend as Adam Scott, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Rickie Fowler are all within four shots of each other for the lead.
  • You can watch both the third and fourth rounds of the 2019 Masters on CBS

 

UFC 236(Saturday, ESPN+ PPV at 10:00 pm ET, Prelims on ESPN at 8:00 pm ET, early prelims on ESPN+ at 6:15 pm ET )

  • Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier for the Interim Lightweight Championship. This could end up being one of the wildest fights in the history of the UFC as both Poirier and Holloway love to throw down and they are very technical on the feet. Both men also have a solid ground game too, so it is anybody’s guess on where this fight ends up. The winner will most likely fight the actual champ, Khabib Nurmagomedov, later this year, maybe September in Abu Dhabi?? My pick: Holloway via 4th round TKO
  • Kelvin Gastelum vs. Israel Adesanya for the Interim Middleweight Championship. This fight was made after MW champ, Robert Whittaker had to pull out of a scheduled fight against Gastelum on the day of UFC 234. Adesanya defeated Anderson Silva in the main event of that card to earn this title shot. Adesanya is an undefeated 16-0 in his MMA career while Gastelum is 15-3(1 NC) with notable wins over Michael Bisping and Jacare Souza. My pick: Adesanya via unanimous decision.
  • Other fights to watch: Anders vs. Rountree Jr., Jouban vs. Grant, St. Preux vs. Krylov, Reis vs. Pantoja, Millender vs. Muhammad, Jackson vs. Soukamthath
  • The PPV will air exclusively on the ESPN+ streaming service. You will have to pay $4.99 for the service before you purchase the PPV, which is $59.99.

NBA Playoffs begin

  • The first round of the NBA playoffs kicks off this Saturday and Sunday.
  • Full Schedule
    • Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers(Game 1, Saturday, 2:30 pm ET, ESPN)
    • Orlando Magic vs. Toronto Raptors(Game 1, Saturday, 5:00 pm ET, ESPN)
    • Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors(Game 1, Saturday, 8:00 pm ET, ABC)
    • San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets(Game 1, Saturday, 10:30 pm ET, ESPN)
    • Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics(Game 1, Sunday, 1:00 pm ET, TNT)
    • Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers(Game 1, Sunday, 3:30 pm ET, ABC)
    • Detroit Pistons vs. Milwaukee Bucks(Game 1, Sunday, 7:00 pm ET, TNT)
    • Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets(Game 1, Sunday, 9:30 pm ET, TNT)

Stanley Cup Playoffs continue

  • Full Schedule
    • Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals(Game 2, Saturday, 3:00 pm ET, NBC, WSH leads series 1-0)
    • Dallas Stars vs. Nashville Predators(Game 2, Saturday, 6:00 pm ET, CNBC, DAL leads series 1-0)
    • Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins(Game 2, Saturday, 8:00 pm ET, NBC, TOR leads series 1-0)
    • Colorado Avalanche vs. Calgary Flames(Game 2, Saturday, 10:30 pm ET, NBCSN, CGY leads series 1-0)
    • New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins(Game 3, Sunday, 12:00 pm ET, NBC, NYI leads series 2-0)
    • Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Columbus Blue Jackets(Game 3, Sunday, 7:00 pm ET, NBCSN, CBJ leads series 2-0)
    • Winnipeg Jets vs. St. Louis Blues(Game 3, Sunday, 7:30 pm ET, CNBC, STL leads series 2-0)
    • San Jose Sharks vs. Vegas Golden Knights(Game 3, Sunday, 10:00 pm ET, NBCSN, Series tied 1-1)

NASCAR Cup Series at Richmond Raceway(Saturday, 7:30 pm ET, FOX)

  • Kevin Harvick is on the pole with Erik Jones joining him on the front row.
  • Kyle Busch swept the races at Richmond last year and will look for his 3rd straight at the track and his 4th win of the season as he starts 5th tomorrow night
  • Martin Truex Jr. starts 6th and will look for his 1st career Cup win at a short track
  • Chevy has yet to win this season, but has four drivers starting in the top 10(Kurt Busch, Elliott, Austin Dillon, Johnson)
  • My pick: Kyle Busch

NCAA Ice Hockey Championship(Saturday, 8:00 pm ET, ESPN2)

  • Massachusetts vs. Minnesota-Duluth
  • Duluth looks to go back-to-back as they play in their 3rd straight national championship game
  • UMass seeks its first championship in school history
  • Prediction: UMass 2 – Minnesota-Duluth 4

Clarissa Shields vs. Christina Hammer(Saturday, 9:10 pm ET, Showtime)

  • The unified middleweight champion, Clarissa Shields, comes into the fight with a record of 8-0 with 2 KOs and is a must-watch as being a pioneer for making women’s boxing be aired on a major boxing network.
  • Christina Hammer is 24-0 with 11 KOs and could give Shields the fight of her life.
  • My pick: Shields via TKO in 8th round

IndyCar Long Beach Grand Prix(Sunday, 4:42 pm ET, NBCSN)

  • One of the marquee races of the IndyCar season goes down this Sunday from the streets of Long Beach, California.
  • My pick: Will Power

F1 Chinese Grand Prix(Sunday, 2:20 am ET, ESPN2)

  • One of the most exciting tracks on the world circuit is in Shanghai and should add on to the wildness that has already occurred early on in the F1 season.
  • My pick: Valtteri Bottas

Coachella Weekend 1(Streaming on YouTube)

  • Notable Saturday performers
    • Mac DeMarco(8:10-9:00 pm ET)
    • SiR(9:10-9:55 pm ET)
    • Virgil Abloh(9:20-10:10 pm ET)
    • Weezer(11:35 pm-12:25 am ET)
    • Juice WRLD(11:45 pm-12:35 am ET)
    • Billie Eilish(12:35-1:40 am ET)
    • Wiz Khalifa(1:05-1:55 am ET)
    • Tame Impala(1:35 am ET)
    • Little Simz(2:00 am ET)
    • Kid Cudi(2:55 am ET)
  • Notable Sunday performers
    • Rico Nasty(6:30-7:10 pm ET)
    • Pusha T(7:15-8:05 pm ET)
    • Lizzo(8:45-9:30 pm ET)
    • Playboy Carti(8:45-9:35 pm ET)
    • Blood Orange(9:10-10:00 pm ET)
    • YG(10:00-10:50 pm ET)
    • H.E.R.(12:30-1:30 am ET)
    • Ariana Grande(1:30 am ET)
    • Kaytranada(1:55 am ET)

Enjoy this wild and busy weekend!