The NHL is now officially at the point where the Stanley War Room is no longer in the same league as the league office, and the hockey world is still trying to digest what happened.
A lot of the information has been coming out, and there are a few more pieces to this puzzle that need to be addressed before we can really know for sure what is happening.
So, here’s a look at what you need to know before the Stanley Cups final is even in the books.
First of all, there’s still one game left.
If the Blackhawks can keep their hold on the best-of-seven series against the Penguins, they will win the Cup.
It will be the second straight Stanley Cup for the Hawks, and they would do so with a win over Pittsburgh, which they had the chance to tie with the Blues at the start of the season.
If the Penguins can’t keep their grip on the series against Chicago, the Blackhawks will win their third straight Cup.
They were eliminated in five games in the Eastern Conference finals, losing Game 6 to the Penguins in seven games.
If it’s the Penguins vs. Blackhawks series, it’s a tiebreaker game, and we will have to wait to see if the Blackhawks win the series, or if the Penguins win Game 7.
The Blackhawks will likely be the favorites to win the game, so it will be interesting to see what happens in the series.
If there’s a fourth game and the Blackhawks come back, it will likely result in the Blackhawks taking Game 7, with a chance to advance to the conference finals.
That’s a big game, as the Blackhawks would have a shot at a fourth-straight Cup if they lose Game 6, but losing that game could give them a leg up if they win Game 3 and tie the series up at two.
If neither team can keep up the momentum in Game 6 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Hawks will likely advance to their first Cup Final since 2006, with the Penguins winning that game and a second-round series against a team with an easier schedule.
The Hawks would be favored to win that series, but if they can’t hold on to the series lead, it could be a nail-biter.
If either team is still on top in Game 5 against the Panthers, there will be a second round series, which could decide the conference final.
The Panthers would be a favorite to win Game 6 if they beat the Blackhawks in Game 4, but that could be impossible if the Hawks win Game 4 and tie up the series in Game 3.
If the Hawks lose Game 3, they have to beat the Panthers in the next round, and if the Panthers beat the Hawks in Game 2, the series could go to a second and final round.
The series will then move to the second round.
If both teams win Game 5 and Game 6 at the same time, it is a tie.
But, if neither team loses Game 6 and the Penguins are still in control of the series at the end of Game 4 in the first round, the Penguins would win the championship.
The Penguins would have the best chance to win it, but they might have a tough time if the second- or third-round opponents tie them up and the series is decided in Game 7 or 6.
If that happens, the playoffs will move to a first round.
But the final is the best of both worlds.
It is the only game that matters, and both teams have to play to win.
If neither team wins Game 6 in the second and third rounds, the Stanley cup will be in the hands of the Blackhawks.
If both teams lose Game 4 to the Panthers and the Hawks are still on the outside of the playoffs, they’ll win it all.
The Stanley Cup Playoffs are a crazy and exciting time for the hockey community.
There are so many storylines to follow this season, and so many fans who will be tuning in to watch the best teams compete for the Cup in their home arenas.