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Stanley Cup Final, Game 2: Lines, gamethread and how to watch

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Yes, it’s the Dallas Pavelskis versus the Tampa Bay Goodrows, in my opinion.

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Barclay Goodrow #19 of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Miro Heiskanen #4 of the Dallas Stars scuffle during the third period in Game One of the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Place on September 19, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Game 1 of the COVID-19 Cup was surprisingly fun for a party with no real dog in the race. The Dallas Stars were as scrappy as promised, finding the back of the net four times on just 20 total shots. Meanwhile, Anton Khudobin held down the crease despite getting hammered by the Tampa Bay Lightning, who failed so miserably at breaking him that the question on everyone’s mind is “How soon can Steven Stamkos come back?”

It’s shaping up to be an exciting Final. Here’s everything you need to know for tonight:

In Their Words

From SB Nation’s Defending Big D:

In some ways, this game didn’t stick to form. Offensively, Dallas got out to a lead — primarily from getting the puck into the slot. With a lead, the Stars didn’t need to utilize their net-front and shot-from-the-point offense, and by the third period, they dropped into their comfortable shell.

Defensively, the Stars controlled the center of the ice, both the slots, where the Lightning focus their offensive zone attention, and by forcing neutral ice play to the outside. Tampa Bay couldn’t generate any speed coming into the Dallas end, and once they made it into the offensive zone, they couldn’t get any space to set up their lethal offense.

From SB Nation’s Raw Charge:

If the Bolts continue to play the way they did on Saturday, they don’t have a chance of winning this series. Although they did get better as the game progressed, it wasn’t enough, as Anton Khudobin shut the door the rest of the way. They need to have a better start tonight, and it would be great if they could score first — they’ve allowed the opening goal for the last six playoff games. [...]

The Lightning haven’t lost consecutive games in the entire playoffs yet. ‘Yet’ is the key word. They might be a confident team, but they will have dug themselves an enormous hole if they hand the Stars another win. Tampa Bay hasn’t beaten Dallas at all this season. The way they respond in tonight’s game is critical to how the rest of the series will play out.

Lines

DALLAS STARS (via NHL.com)

Jamie BennTyler SeguinAlexander Radulov
Mattias JanmarkJoe PavelskiDenis Gurianov
Joel KivirantaRoope HintzCorey Perry
Andrew CoglianoJason DickinsonBlake Comeau

Esa LindellJohn Klingberg
Jamie OleksiakMiro Heiskanen
Andrej SekeraJoel Hanley

Anton Khudobin
Jake Oettinger

Expected Scratches: Nick Caamano, Ty Dellandrea, Jason Robertson, Gavin Bayreuther, Thomas Harley, Landon Bow, Justin Dowling, Taylor Fedun

Unfit to Play: Stephen Johns, Ben Bishop, Radek Faksa

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (via NHL.com)

Ondrej PalatBrayden PointNikita Kucherov
Alex KillornAnthony Cirelli — Tyler Johnson
Barclay GoodrowYanni GourdeBlake Coleman
Pat MaroonCedric Paquette

Victor HedmanKevin Shattenkirk
Ryan McDonaghZach Bogosian
Mikhail Sergachev — Erik Cernak
Luke Schenn

Andrei Vasilevskiy
Curtis McElhinney

Expected Scratches: Carter Verhaeghe, Mathieu Joseph, Mitchell Stephens, Alexander Volkov, Braydon Coburn, Scott Wedgewood

Unfit to play: Jan Rutta, Steven Stamkos

How to Watch

Puck Drop: 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET

Location: Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB

Broadcast/Streaming: NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS, FuboTV

Series Schedule

Game 1: Stars 4, Lightning 1
Game 2: Monday, Sept. 21, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET
Game 3: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET
Game 4: Friday, Sept. 25, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET
Game 5: Saturday, Sept. 26, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET
Game 6: Monday, Sept. 28, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET
Game 7: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET