Stars and Lightning Begin Battle for Stanley Cup

NHL Stanley Cup picks: Here's who will win Lightning, Stars series

As the NHL season officially winds down, this season will be one for the history books.

A variety of reasons have made this season unique and memorable. Tonight, two teams begin their final playoff series and bid to hoist the Stanley Cup at seasons’ end.

The Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning have reached the holy grail of professional ice hockey. With three series victories under their belt, both teams are four wins away from winning Lord Stanley.

It’s been an incredible journey for both teams. The Lightning and Stars have not hoisted the Stanley Cup in years, so there is a lot on the line starting tonight.

※ Current Odds Date & Time: September 19th, 3:30 P.M. (EST)

Online bookmaker William Hill has the Lightning at -190 to win the Series.

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ウィリアムヒルTampa Bay last won the Cup in 2004, while Dallas last won the Cup in 1999. Both franchises are in search of their second Stanley Cup in club history.It is expected that Steven Stamkos will miss game 1 of this series. Stamkos has not played since entering the bubble. However, new reports are circulating that Stamkos may be able to suit up in this series, but not likely until game 3 or 4 at the earliest.First Impressions of Rick Bowness as Head Coach - Defending Big DOf course, the Stars are attempting to win the Stanley Cup for themselves and also the fan base, but they are also playing for their coach. Rick Bowness has reached the Stanley Cup finals twice in his career but has come up short. In his first appearance in the Finals as a Head Coach, he’ll attempt to outcoach Jon Cooper and the Lightning.

The Stars and Lightning have reached their final destination. Which team will leave the bubble Stanley Cup champion?

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