The Tampa Bay Lightning and Nashville Predators are the first two teams to be able to record 100 points on the season.
With both teams in different conferences, a Stanley Cup Final matchup is possible.
This leads to the question, which team stacks up better thus far in the season?
Tampa Bay registered their 100th point of the season in their 3-2 shootout win over Montreal this past Saturday.
With 12 games remaining in their season, the Lightning have a 48-18-4 record, including a record of 8-1-1 in their last 10 games.
The Lightning have led the standings for the majority of the season and do not appear to be slowing down.
With key additions such as Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller at the Trade Deadline, Tampa Bay was able to solidify, arguably, the deepest roster in the league.
This is the fifth time in team history to reach 100 points in a season, and the Lightning would love to bring home their first Stanley Cup since 2004.
The Nashville Predators were able to reach 100 points in their 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets last night.
Nashville has 13 games remaining, with a current record of 45-14-10 which includes a 9-0-1 record in their last 10 games.
With the return of Mike Fisher, and addition of Ryan Hartman at the Trade Deadline, the Predators were able to form their argument on being the deepest roster in the league.
The Predators have been neck and neck with Vegas for the past several months for first in west, however after a 10 game winning streak, Nashville was able to create a 5 point difference between them and Vegas.
After losing to the Penguins last year in their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance, Nashville is hungry to get back to the finals and win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
Neither of these teams’ roads to the finals is going to be easy.
Nashville will most likely face a solid wild card team such as Colorado or Dallas, then have to face possibly Winnipeg in the second round, and then have to face possibly Vegas in the conference finals.
Tampa Bay could be able to get through the first round fairly quickly, however Boston or Toronto could pose a struggle for the Lightning in the second round, and with the possibility of having to face back to back defending champs Pittsburgh in the conference finals, that’s not necessarily the easiest path to the finals.
Another discussion about these two teams is, which has a the better goalie?
Both of these teams’ goalies have been having Vezina nomination seasons.
Andrei Vasilevskiy of Tampa Bay leads the league with 40 wins, has 7 shutouts, a goals against average of 2.52, and a save percentage of .923.
Nashville’s Pekka Rinne is second in the league with 37 wins, tied with Vasilevskiy for most shutouts with 7, third in the league with a save percentage of .929, and is fifth in the league with a goals against average of 2.25.
It would not surprise me for a second if either of these goalies win the Vezina come June.
Although there is still a lot of hockey to be played for these two teams to actually meet in the Stanley Cup, there is no doubt it would be an incredible series.
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