Stamkos has yet to play this postseason because of a lower-body injury.
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With no fans in the arena, the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs have taken on a strange vibe even if the goals remain the same for the Stars and Lightning.
Captain Steven Stamkos is out, Brayden Point is hurting and Anthony Cirelli is hobbling, too. The Tampa Bay Lightning enter the Stanley Cup Final against the Dallas Stars with several key players dealing with injuries the team somehow was able to withstand during an impressive run to the Eastern Conference championship. Stamkos, a two-time Richard Trophy winner who’s been chasing a NHL title for 12 seasons, has yet to play this postseason because of a lower-body injury.
This was already going to be an unusual Stanley Cup, and it now has a matchup for all of those who like their games to be a bit defensive.
Former Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau believes teams with young cores must have veterans to help them understand the gravity of a Stanley Cup run.
The deal carries an average annual value of $2.94 million.
Barclay Goodrow secured a spot in the Stanley Cup Final with a key assist in Game 6
Mikko Koivu’s extraordinary career with the Minnesota Wild is over. General manager Bill Guerin said Friday the team will not resign the 37-year-old Finn, whose contract is expiring. Koivu is the only full-time captain the club has had – he was appointed in 2009 after the role was rotated monthly over the first nine years of the franchise.
Not many trades, aside from one of the biggest of the salary cap era.
The Stars are the underdogs, but when has that ever stopped them? (John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)
Journeyman netminder Anton Khudobin, an unlikely hero in the Stars’ playoff run, has left his mark on the ice and in the hearts of hockey fans.
Nearly one year after the start of the 2019-20 NHL regular season, the campaign is set to crown a champion now that Stanley Cup Final matchup is set.
For the first time, there are three Russian starting goaltenders in the conference finals and two will face off in the final.
Jon Cooper experienced difficulty in finding the right words. Emotionally spent following a 2-1 overtime Eastern Conference final series-clinching win over the New York Islanders, the usually articulate Tampa Bay Lightning coach searched putting into perspective what it meant to be returning to the Stanley Cup Final with much of the team’s core still intact from its previous trip in 2015. Before he could look ahead to facing the Dallas Stars in Game 1 on Saturday, Cooper revisited the adversity the Lightning faced since losing to Chicago in six games five years ago.
The leaves are starting to change color around the NHL playoff bubble, and, at most, seven games remain before the Stanley Cup is handed out. On Saturday night, two of the league’s southernmost teams begin a Stanley Cup Final like none other in the great white north when the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning face off in Game 1. ”We don’t know what the temperature is outside because we’re never outside, so it doesn’t come into play,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said from the confines of the bubble.