Good Afternoon, Hockey World! Tonight, the Stanley Cup Finals take center stage. The 2015 Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning is going to be an exciting, high-octane matchup.
First, who are you picking to win the Stanley Cup? I am picking with the Lightning to win in seven games. That being said, I wouldn’t be shocked if the Blackhawks won the series in four games.
Expect the unexpected.
Here are a few statistics you might find interesting. Getting the lead in the series is going to be very important. The Blackhawks are 6-0 when they’re leading after the first period in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs; their opponents, the Tampa Bay Lightning are 5-0. Breaking it down further, Blackhawks are 9-1 when scoring first and the Lightning are 9-0.
There’s a lot of breaking hockey news this morning. Here’re a few of the stories that you will find above the fold.
Stanley Cup stories of interest
Blackhawks’ Brad Richards gets chance for 2nd Stanley Cup (Puck Daddy)
I have often pondered this as well: Why don’t more Americans watch the Stanley Cup Final? (Puck Daddy)
Goalless Bickell hopes he’s ‘been saving them’ for Stanley Cup Final (Pro Hockey Talk)
The Lightning are disallowing out-of-state residents from buying tickets. Also, the Lightning have banned visiting jerseys from premium seating, check it out: Tampa Bay’s Hockey Dress Code Insults Lightning Fans (Bloomberg view)
Other NHL News
Wild to begin contract talks with G Devan Dubnyk (CBS Sports)
John Hynes hired by NJ Devils, becomes NHL’s youngest coach (Puck Daddy)
One of the places that Mike Reilly could land is with the Minnesota Wild: Prized Gophers d-man Reilly to meet with teams at combine (Pro Hockey Talk)
Former Western Michigan head coach Jeff Blashill not expecting a decision on Wings’ job this week (Pro Hockey Talk)
Ducks GM stops short of guaranteeing Boudreau’s return (The Score)