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Before The Puck Drops Tonight

via the NHL PR department,

Series Scenarios 
* Since the Final went to the best-of-seven format in 1939, the team that has won Game 1 has gone on to capture the Stanley Cup 76.3% of the time (61 of 80 series). Each of the last two champions have rebounded from a Game 1 loss before winning the Cup – Washington in 2018 and St. Louis in 2019.

* Teams that take a 1-0 lead in any best-of-seven series have an all-time series record of 490-221 (.689), including a 12-2 mark in 2020.

* Tampa Bay is 11-16 (.407) in Game 1 of best-of-seven series all time; Dallas is 31-25 (.554).

Tampa Bay Lightning Scenarios 
* The Lightning are 0-2 in their previous two Stanley Cup Final openers, scoring one goal in each. During its Stanley Cup-winning postseason in 2004, Tampa Bay overcame three separate series deficits before earning a 2-1 victory in Game 7 against the Flames.

* When leading 1-0 in a best-of-seven, Tampa Bay holds an all-time series record of 9-2 (.818). The Lightning are 8-8 (.500) when trailing 1-0 in a best-of-seven series. 

Dallas Stars Scenarios 
* The Stars are 1-3 in their previous four Stanley Cup Final openers, with their only win coming in Game 1 of the 1991 Final. Dallas, which captured its first and only Stanley Cup during the 1999 postseason, dropped Game 1 to Buffalo in overtime before going on to win the series in six games.

* When leading 1-0 in a best-of-seven, Dallas holds an all-time series record of 22-9 (.710). The Stars are 6-19 (.240) when trailing 1-0 in a best-of-seven series. 


Did You Know?
* This will mark the first time since 1950 that at least one game in the Stanley Cup Final will be played at a neutral site. The 1950 Final between the Red Wings and Rangers saw Games 2 and 3 played at Maple Leafs Gardens in Toronto due to scheduling conflicts.

* It also will be the eighth time in League history – and first time in more than 90 years – that all Stanley Cup Final games will be played in one city. Edmonton will become the fifth different city to host an entire Final, joining Montreal (1926 and 1928), Vancouver (1921 and 1923), Toronto (1918 and 1922) and Seattle (1919).

* The last city to host each game of a Stanley Cup Final was Montreal, in 1928. The Rangers required a winner-take-all Game 5 to defeat the Montreal Maroons in their best-of-five series, played entirely at the historic Montreal Forum. The series proved remarkable in many ways as Rangers coach Lester Patrick became the oldest player to appear in a Stanley Cup Final. At age 44, Patrick suited up under emergency circumstances in Game 2 after New York goaltender Lorne Chabot was injured. Patrick allowed only one goal during his move from the bench to the net as the Rangers won the game in overtime and later claimed their first championship.

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