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Stanley Cup Finals Game 1 Open Thread

The Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers kick off the Stanley Cup Finals tonight at 7:00 p.m. Central (NBC). Jump into the comments below with your series predictions and in-game commentary...

The Combatants

Second City Hockey vs. Broad Street Hockey

As for me? I look at the Blackhawks as heavy favorites here. They had the most Shots For in the league, gave up the fewest Shots Against, and are getting solid goaltending from Antti Niemi. Try as I might, I just don't see an edge for Philadelphia in any significant aspect of this matchup. While I'd like to see Kimmo Timonen earn a Stanley Cup, the Blackhawks are just too good...