TAMPA, Fla. -- We're finally at the elimination point of the Eastern Conference Finals. Tampa Bay needs to win Wednesday's Game 6 at St. Pete Times Forum to keep its season alive. Boston will advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 21 years with a victory.
If Tampa Bay does prevail Wednesday night, a winner-take-all Game 7 will be in Boston on Friday.
Yet, despite how deep we are into this series, so many questions remain. Here are six of the biggest facing both teams heading into Game 6:
1. Will Zdeno Chara see more time as forward on the power play?
It appears likely. Boston's man-advantage unit has struggled throughout the postseason and has just four goals in 16 games. In Game 5, it was more of the same as Boston couldn't generate anything on its first two power-play chances, including a long 4-on-3. So, on the final PP of the game, Boston coach Claude Julien deployed the huge defenseman as a net-front presence and the power play showed some modest signs of life.