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Sport Time, TV, streaming info and players to watch as Stars, Lightning open Stanley Cup Final

16:18  19 september  2020
16:18  19 september  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

Steven Stamkos joins teammates in celebration after Lightning reach Stanley Cup Final

  Steven Stamkos joins teammates in celebration after Lightning reach Stanley Cup Final The Lightning also ignored superstition and touched the Prince of Wales Trophy after eliminating the Islanders to win the conference. THIS. MOMENT. pic.twitter.com/gWUNDXeDu6 — Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) September 18, 2020 Some teams follow the superstition, while others do not and are unaffected. The Lightning did not touch the trophy in 2015 when they lost in the Cup Final, so they had nothing to lose by touching it this time. Tampa Bay, which was the No. 2 seed in the East, will meet Dallas in the Stanley Cup Final. Game 1 of the series will be on Saturday.

When Joe Pavelski was testing out free agency in the summer of 2019, he narrowed his choice to the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning because he thought they'd give him the best chance to win.

The former San Jose Sharks captain chose Dallas.

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"I liked the goalies here," he told reporters Friday. "I liked the structure defensively. They played a lot of one-goal games. They didn’t give up a lot of goals. … And there’s some high-end talent on this team, too."

a man that is standing in the snow: Stars center Joe Pavelski plays in a January game against the Lightning. © Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports Stars center Joe Pavelski plays in a January game against the Lightning.

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Pavelski will learn if he made the right choice as the Stars and Lightning face off during the Stanley Cup Final, starting Saturday night.

What to know about Game 1

Place: Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.

Time, TV, streaming: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBC. Streaming at https://www.nbcsports.com/live

How they got here: The Lightning beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, Boston Bruins and New York Islanders, going 12-4 overall. The Stars beat the Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights, going 12-6.

Steven Stamkos returns to Lightning lineup for Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final

  Steven Stamkos returns to Lightning lineup for Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final After 211 days, Steven Stamkos is back. The Tampa Bay Lightning captain is officially in the lineup for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night.Stamkos makes his 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs debut nearly two months after the postseason began, a feat made possible only by his team’s ability to reach the Cup Final. Stamkos suffered a core injury in late February that required surgery. While he was initially given a timeline of six-to-eight weeks, core surgery rehab often exceeds expectations. Yet, many still hoped that Stamkos would be ready for the beginning of the postseason.

Previous trips to the final: Dallas, 1999 and 2000, winning in 1999; Tampa Bay, 2004 and 2015, winning in 2004.

Season series: The Stars won both meetings in overtime.

Reading material

PREDICTIONS: Who will win the series?

SCHEDULES: Dates, TV and results

STYLE: Both teams turn defense into offense

Players to watch

Stars offense: Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Pavelski, Alexander Radulov (four game-winning goals) and Corey Perry are the veterans, but the Stars also have been getting big games from their youngsters. Denis Gurianov had a four-goal game and Joel Kiviranta had a hat trick in series-clinching games.

Lightning offense: Nikita Kucherov was the 2018-19 Hart Trophy winner and after a disappointing playoffs that year, he's leading in postseason scoring (26 points). "He obviously has a lot of points, but I think his overall game, his backchecking, his attention to detail, his physicality, making the right plays at the right time, Kuch, he’s a force up front," defenseman Victor Hedman said. Brayden Point scored two overtime goals in the first round and is right behind Kucherov with 25 points. Lots of skill up and down the lineup.

Time, TV, streaming info on Tampa Bay Lightning's potential Game 5 Stanley Cup clincher vs. Dallas Stars

  Time, TV, streaming info on Tampa Bay Lightning's potential Game 5 Stanley Cup clincher vs. Dallas Stars The Tampa Bay Lightning, holding a 3-1 series lead against the Dallas Stars, are in position to capture their first Stanley Cup since 2004 as they play the Dallas Stars in Game 5 Saturday night in the Edmonton, Alberta, bubble.

Stars defense: Their mobile defense is a strength, led by Miro Heiskanen, who has 22 postseason points at age 21, and veteran John Klingberg.

Lightning defense: Hedman (nine goals) is a perennial Norris Trophy candidate and Kevin Shattenkirk and Mikhail Sergachev also bring offense. Tampa Bay added physical defensemen Zach Bogosian and Luke Schenn this season.

Stars goalie: Anton Khudobin, 34, assumed the starting role after an injury to Ben Bishop. He has been hot with a .950 save percentage against Vegas in the Western Conference final.

Lightning goalie: Andrei Vasilevskiy won the Vezina Trophy last season and is a finalist this season. He played in the 2015 final.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Time, TV, streaming info and players to watch as Stars, Lightning open Stanley Cup Final


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a person holding a stop sign is covered with snow: Sept. 17: Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy celebrates Tampa Bay's 2-1 win against the New York Islanders after Anthony Cirelli's overtime goal in Game 6.

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