2015 Stanley Cup Finals preview and prediction

Updated: May 31, 2015
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Well, these have been the most unpredictable playoffs that we can remember. It has come down to one team everyone expected to be in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Chicago Blackhawks, and one that we believed was close, but not quite there, in the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Nevertheless, they are here and set to battle in what is expected to be a very fast and speedy series; and no, not in terms of games won or lost, just pure uptempo.

Chicago had to beat the Nashville Predators, Minnesota Wild and Anaheim Ducks, while Tampa Bay had to beat the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens and the President’s Trophy winning New York Rangers to reach the finale.

So, who wins? Well, for now, it is tough to decipher both teams, but I can tell you it will be the team that is able to overcome adversity better when they are buried against the wall.

Tampa Bay has the renowned “Triplets” line of Nikita Kucherov, Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat along with the likes of Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn. Chicago has the two-time Cup winning pedigree’s of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Marian Hossa and Brent Seabrook.

The goaltending matchup favors Ben Bishop of the Lightning, but Corey Crawford can steal games as well. The Blackhawks also have a young, rising superstar in Teuvo Teravainen. 

It is a tough series to predict, but I think experience will trump speed, passion and goaltending.

Prediction: Blackhawks in six, 4-2. 

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