It is officially that time. The Stanley Cup Final will get underway tonight between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning. It is a unique Final this year as two Eastern Conference teams are playing for Lord Stanley’s Cup due to the division realignment cause by COVID-19 protocol. The Chicago Blackhawks have been watching from home so you have to wonder who the fanbase should be rooting for.
It is certainly going to be fun to watch these two teams duke it out to end the 2020-21 season. The Tampa Bay Lightning played the regular season without Nikita Kucherov. They had him back for the playoffs which have really helped them get this far. They have used situations like that to manipulate the salary cap to their advantage. They are almost 20 million dollars over the cap in the playoffs where the cap goes away.