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Lightning and Stars open Stanley Cup Final tonight

On August 1, the NHL returned to play with an expanded 24-team format. Over six weeks later, we are down to two worthy combatants, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars, who will vie for the 2020 Stanley Cup. The start time for Game 1 is 7:30 p.m. with NBC handling the television broadcast in the United States.

How They Got Here

Tampa Bay: After going 2-1 in round robin play to earn the two-seed in the Eastern Conference, the Lightning beat the Columbus Blue Jackets in five games; eliminated the Boston Bruins in five games; and got by the New York Islanders in six games in the Eastern Conference Final.