Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Take Town: Extended Break Town

I gotta say I love this Cup Final matchup. Two really fun, interesting teams that offer each other a ton of interesting matchup questions.

For instance, does Vegas deploy the Chandler Stephenson/Mark Stone line to shut down Matthew Tkachuk and Sam Bennett or do they send them out to go head-to-head with Aleksander Barkov, Carter Verhaeghe, and Anthony Duclair? And likewise, does Paul Maurice send out Barkov and Co. against Jack Eichel and Jonathan Marchessault, or try to smash the two irresistible forces together with Tkachuk and Bennett? Maybe because both teams' top sixes are so good, there's no real point in hard-matching.

But this is the chess game you want at this time of year. Between this season and the last Cup Final, we're a little spoiled with what these coaches have at their dispo

Access this article with EP Premium

Go Premium to access this article

Register your Premium-membership at to get access to this article and more quality, in-depth coverage at EP Rinkside

This article is about:
NHL Florida Panthers Toronto Maple Leafs Vegas Golden Knights NHL Aleksander Barkov Jack Eichel Matthew Tkachuk John Hynes Sheldon Keefe Brad Treliving
Scoring Leaders