After 82 regular season games and 3 Rounds of the playoffs our Stan-Lee Cupp Finalz Match Up is set.
The Tampa Bay Lightning (The "Challengers") come into the series riding the hot play of "The Triplets" line feat. undrafted goal scoring leader Tyler Johnson and lead by the resurgent captain Stephen Stamkos. The 'Ning earned their first trip to the finals since 2004 by shutting out the President's Trophy Winning New York Rangers in game 7 at MSG 3-0.
Countering them will be the Chicago Blackhawks (Champions in 2010 & 2013) lead by a "Who's Who" list feat. Capt. Johnathan Toewes, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Marion Hossa & Brent Seabrook who disposed of the Anaheim Ducks 5-3 in Game 7 in the opposition's home building to return to the finals.
The "Bolts" will have home - ice advantage, but in a series like this that might be a "Dis-advantage". Odds makers in Vegas think so as they installed the 'Hawks as 7-5 favourates to win the Holy Grail.
(note, I'll get to the rest of this later)