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Lightning Round: Steven Stamkos out as Eastern Conference Finals begin tonight

The Bolts are in Edmonton and the puck drops tonight at 8pm.

2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs - Toronto
TORONTO, ONTARIO - SEPTEMBER 05: Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning walks to the bus for the airport on September 05, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario.
Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images

The Eastern Conference Finals begin tonight at 8:00 pm. The Tampa Bay Lightning face off against the New York Islanders. This is probably going to be the toughest series the Lightning have faced in the playoffs so far with a defensively strong Islanders team that makes few mistakes and has a dangerous counterattack standing between them and a date with the Stanley Cup Finals. My prediction: Bolts in five.

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Predict the series

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  • 5%
    Bolts in 4
    (9 votes)
  • 27%
    Bolts in 5
    (41 votes)
  • 46%
    Bolts in 6
    (70 votes)
  • 7%
    Bolts in 7
    (12 votes)
  • 12%
    I’m lost and I don’t know why I’m on this website.
    (19 votes)
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ECF Schedule

The schedule is going to be simple. One game every other day starting Monday until one team wins four contests. There are some interesting quirks in the schedule that strays away from the standard 8:00 pm on NBCSN arrangement. For example, Friday’s Game 3 will be on USA, and Sunday’s Game 4 is on at 3:00 pm on NBC.

Game 1: Monday, September 7th 8:00 pm NBCSN
Game 2: Wednesday, September 9th 8:00 pm NBCSN
Game 3: Friday, September 11th 8:00 pm USA
Game 4: Sunday, September 13th 3:00 pm NBC
Game 5: Tuesday, September 15th 8:00 pm NBCSN
Game 6: Thursday, September 17th 8:00 pm NBCSN
Game 7: Saturday. September 19th 7:30 pm NBC

Bolts Injuries

Captain Steven Stamkos has been ruled out for the series as he still recovers from an undisclosed injury. Nikita Kucherov is good to go, having healed from the upper body injury he sustained in Game 5 against the Boston Bruins. Jan Rutta is also still out.

Western Conference Final

Dallas Stars 1, Vegas Golden Knights 0 — DAL leads 1-0

The Dallas Stars took the lead in the Western Conference Finals after a terrifyingly boring first game win. There was just no pizazz — expected goals were 2.3 to 1.4 in Dallas’ favor, so very low event hockey. John Klingberg scored the lone goal of the game in the second period, with Anton Khudobin getting the win and Marc-Andre Fleury getting the loss. [Recap]

“Without Marc-Andre Fleury in net, this game could have easily been 3-0 or 4-0. Dallas was very committed to limiting the quality of the shots against — something that was a hallmark of Stars hockey in the regular season — but they did still press the offensive zone strategically when they were able to take advantage.”

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Other hockey Links

As the Conference Finals begin, the NHL is beginning to announce award winners for this season. Matt Dumba was awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for exemplifying leadership on and off the ice.