The Vegas Golden Knights drilled to the fifth string on their goaltending depth chart and defeated living legend Connor McDavid to get here. The Florida Panthers survived a 3-1 series deficit against the best regular season team ever and have been nearly untouchable ever since. The 2022-23 Stanley Cup Final game is one of the strangest and least likely in NHL history and features two teams that have never won a championship before.
Will the Golden Knights continue to get incredible goaltending from unlikely hero Adin Hill, as well as superb play from Jack Eichel, who is yet to drop a series in the first playoff of his career? Can the Panthers continue to rely on the gargantuan efforts of superstar Matthew Tkachuk and resurgent goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky?
Once we reach the finale, the “Team of Destiny” label no longer applies, as both fighters feel entitled to have that mentality. The momentum has carried them this far, but the final will be won by the better team. And who could he be?
We’ve got you covered at the Daily Faceoff with full analysis leading up to Game 1 on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Vegas.
For the full Stanley Cup Finals schedule, click here.
Below are links to our other Stanley Cup Finals preview stories.
(P1) Vegas Golden Knights vs. (EWC2) Florida Panthers – by Anthony Trudeau
Additional Stanley Cup Finals Preview Coverage
2023 Conn Smythe Trophy Power Rankings: Playoff MVP Candidates Enter Stanley Cup Finals – By Matt Larkin
Breaking down the goaltending game in the Stanley Cup Finals – coming June 1
The main storylines of the Stanley Cup Finals – coming June 1
Staff picks for the Stanley Cup Final – coming June 2
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