Will the Lightning win their second Stanley Cup or will the Blackhawks win their sixth? Here are my predictions.
A2 Tampa Bay Lightning vs. C3 Chicago Blackhawks
These two look similar on the ice. Both the Bolts and the Hawks have very talented offensive units as each will depend greatly on their top six forwards. The teams each are solid defensively and both have talented goalies in net whose performance has a little all over the place this postseason.
What Chicago has that Tampa Bay notably lacks is experience and playoff experience. Under Joel Quenneville, they have won two Stanley Cups, appeared in three Cup finals and reached the Western Conference Finals five times. Considering that this current team has been around for much of that run, if not all of it, they know how to get it done.
Experience generally gets overrated during playoff time but it certainly doesn not hurt and when you consider that Chicago may be a little bit better on both ends of the ice, they look poised to win yet another Cup. Of course, it doesn't help the matter that their fanbase has been so deluded by winning consistently that they have reached Cardinals #BFIB levels of obnoxiousness but we can save that discussion for another day.
Blackhawks in 6