Can the Chicago Blackhawks make it six in a row? Television viewers across both the United States and Canada will have the opportunity to find out Tuesday night.
Chicago (21-8-4), which made it five in a row and moved atop the League standings with Sunday night's 4-2 victory against Calgary, faces arguably its biggest challenge to date as the Blackhawks visit the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Consol Energy Center. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on VERSUS in the U.S. and TSN2 in Canada.
Pittsburgh (18-11-4) will be without the services of captain Sidney Crosby, but Evgeni Malkin had a hat trick and a pair of assists in the Pens' 8-3 win against Buffalo on Saturday night. The highly-skilled Russian has a 5-game point streak, tallying 6 goals and 6 assists over that span.
Canadian viewers will be treated to a second game, as TSN will broadcast the showdown between the Sabres and Ottawa Senators from Scotiabank Place. That match is also slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET. With a regulation win, the Sens can move ahead of Buffalo and into a tie for second-place in the Northeast Division with Toronto.
I don't think it's really truly going to sink in until we drop the puck, to be honest. I know there's going to be a lot of smoke and mirrors with the media attention and all that. We came [Monday] and it was sort of a light day to get things organized. We just want to focus in on the business aspect, the game itself. That's what we're preparing to do. Get these next couple of days out of the way and it's game on.
— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos on playing in his first Stanley Cup Final