September 18, 2020

Pucks On The 'Net: 2020 Stanley Cup Finals: Dallas Stars vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

 At long, long, long last here we are at the Stanley Cup final.  The 2020 champion will either be the Dallas Stars or the Tampa Bay Lightning. Given the circumstances of a global pandemic and the bubble quarantine, they will be a Stanley Cup champion like no other.

Almost everyone has the Tampa Bay Lightning as heavy favorites to beat the Dallas Stars. It's hard to argue against. That being said, Dallas has the rest intangible in their favor, and a dynamic blue line. So nothing would be shocking.

Having gone 11 for 14 in my playoff predictions in the first three rounds, I suppose I could go out on a limb and pick Dallas. I kind of want Dallas to win, because I've grown to like many of their players and have always liked their coach, Rick Bowness. I'd still have an impressive prediction record to look back on.

But I, like almost everyone else, will pick the Tampa Bay Lightning to defeat the Dallas Stars in the 2020 Stanley Cup final.

Playoff MVPs

Who are the favorites to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Stanley Cup MVP? 

Assuming Tampa Bay wins the Cup, Brayden Point and Victor Hedman are the favorites. If Dallas can complete the journey, goalie Anton Khudobin has to be a favorite, but I think Miro Heiskanen should be right there too. He might be the best defenseman in the world right now. He (or maybe Brayden Point) may be the best bubble hockey player in the world this summer.


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