The Tampa Bay Lightning will host the 2018 NHL All-Star Game. The league made the announcement today before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, confirming a report that came out a couple of weeks ago. The announcement was noteworthy beyond the Bolts getting the event.
With the Detroit Red Wings top farm club advancing to the Calder Cup Final, let’s examine how the opponents stack up against one another. The Grand Rapids Griffins host the Syracuse Crunch in Game 1 Friday at Van Andel Arena. The Crunch, the primary development affiliate of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, are led offensively by Cory Conacher, who has nine goals and 11 assists in 16 playoff games. Ben Street and Eric Tangradi lead the Griffins in scoring with 15 points apiece, while Tomas Nosek, Matthew Ford and Matt Lorito lead in goals with seven each. The Griffins have a better goals-for average at 4.08 vs. 3.75 for the Crunch, while the teams are almost even in goals-against averages: 2.54
The Pittsburgh Penguins have certainly helped to make that argument, taking an instant-classic, 3-2 double-overtime win over the Ottawa Senators to punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup finals. They face off against a shockingly rested Nashville Predators crew beginning Monday, May 29 at 8 p.m. at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. The oddsmakers in Las Vegas have the Preds a +130 underdog as they fight the jitters of playing in their first Finals against a team going for back-to-back dances with Lord Stanley. Nashville is just the third No. 8 seed to win their conference, but can they continue the Cinderella story straight through to a triumphant ending? We turned to the staff at SportsBookReview.com