Jun 2, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view as the Tampa Bay Lightning work out during media day the day before the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
#1: This Time, No Home-Ice Advantage
The Blackhawks have had home-ice advantage in one of the their three previous series this season: their second-round series against the Minnesota Wild, which resulted in a Chicago sweep. In their first-round series against the Nashville Predators, and most recently, the Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks, the Blackhawks kicked off the series on the road. It will be the same story in the Stanley Cup Final, and with the farthest possible travel distance of any series, the journey will certainly be a factor for both teams.
The Lightning possess a golden opportunity to take control of the series through a pair of wins in games One and Two: If the series were to start at the United Center, where the Blackhawks have been dominant, that scenario would be thrown out the window.
The Ducks almost did just that one round ago, save a Marcus Kruger triple-overtime goal, Anaheim would have gone to Chicago up two games to one.
The Blackhawks will be searching for a split at worst in the initial pair of games. As the series goes on, the Blackhawks have to like their chances. With a habit for clinching the Cup in Game Six, they just might have the opportunity to do so in front of their home crowd this time, if they can escape Tampa Bay with at least one win.
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