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Blackhawks, Lightning battle for Lord Stanley's Cup

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Blackhawks, Lightning battle for Lord Stanley's Cup

The Chicago Blackhawks sit just four wins away from winning their third Stanley Cup in six years, the closets thing to a dynasty we will likely see in the cap era. Only one thing stands in their way, the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Lightning are the only team to face four original six teams in the playoffs. They dispatched Detroit in the Conference Quarterfinals, Montreal in the semis, New York in the finals and now have their sites set on Chicago.

This matchup will be strength vs. strength as Tampa Bay boasts the NHL's best offense--3.16 goals per game in the regular season--against the second best defense in Chicago--2.27 goals allowed per game. Both teams have also shown themselves to be versatile as well. Tampa was able to shutout the Rangers twice and Chicago scored 24 goals in seven games against Anaheim.

This is familiar territory for Chicago center Brad Richards who won a Conn Smythe...with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Richards was the pivotal piece of Tampa Bay's championship team in 2004. He is not going to win a Conn Smythe this year, but he will certainly play a role for the Blackhawks this series.

There are only four to seven games of hockey left this season, you better savor each one. The puck drops tonight at 8:00 p.m. in Tampa Bay. Watch it on NBC.

You can follow along each game of this series here with our playoff gallery and see how each team got to this point.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: What does the future hold?

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: What does the future hold?

In this week's mailbag podcast, JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir answer several questions about the Caps' prospects and Hershey.

How does the future look on the farm? Plus, they talk about potential weaknesses, their biggest surprises and more!

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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Capitals Faceoff podcast: Barry Trotz has his work cut out for him

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Capitals Faceoff podcast: Barry Trotz has his work cut out for him

Barry Trotz is now the head coach of the New York Islanders, a team that missed the playoffs and just lost their franchise player. So how does next season look on Long Island?

In the long summer months, the Capitals Faceoff Podcast will take a look at some of the Caps' competition next season. In this episode, it's the New York Islanders. Brian Compton of NHL.com joins Rob Carlin and Tarik El-Bashir to talk about what Trotz brings to Long Island and what's left to work with.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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