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FTB: The stage is set for the Stanley Cup Final

The schedule is out, but will Nazem Kadri and Brayden Point be in?

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The weekend began with the Tampa Bay Lightning defeating the New York Rangers to win the NHL Eastern Conference.

At the same time as the Lightning go back to the Stanley Cup Final for the third year in a row, it is the end of another era. The long running Jaromir Jagr connection to the Stanley Cup Final has ended. It can of course start up again, there’s still plenty of young players still in the league who played with him in his final years with the Panthers, but it’s the end of the continuous streak.

The Stanley Cup Final schedule is out. All games announced so far will be at 8:00 p.m. ET and broadcast on CBC, SN, and ABC, though the final three “if necessary” games could have a different schedule, but that seems unlikely.

Game #1: Lightning @ Avalanche, Wednesday June 15
Game #2: Lightning @ Avalanche, Saturday June 18
Game #3: Avalanche @ Lightning, Monday June 20
Game #4: Avalanche @ Lightning, Wednesday June 22
Game #5: Lightning @ Avalanche, Friday June 24
Game #6: Avalanche @ Lightning, Sunday June 26
Game #7: Lightning @ Avalanche, Tuesday June 28

There’s two key players out injured on both sides, and both teams are being coy about whether or not Nazem Kadri and Brayden Point will be back to play for the first game of the series.

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