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Stanley Cup Final tale of the tape: Full breakdown and picks

Which team has the superior first line? The better power play? Who has been blessed by the hockey gods? We debate eight categories and make picks.

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Our NHL experts forecast who will win the Cup and MVP honors.

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Jonny Greco, VP of Entertainment and Production for the Vegas Golden Knights, gives you a sneak peak at what you can expect from the team's famous opening show before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer3h ago

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Alexander Ovechkin going through his first Stanley Cup Media Day.

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer9h ago

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The patch that will be on the Vegas Golden Knights uniforms on Monday.

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer9h ago

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Ryan Reaves went from scoring the game-winning goal in the Western Conference Finals to being a reporter at Stanley Cup Media Day. He can do it all.

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer9h ago

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The largest crowd at Stanley Cup media day was for Vegas defenseman Nate Schmidt, who played in Washington the previous four seasons.

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer9h ago

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An overhead shot of the scene at Stanley Cup Media Day in Las Vegas.

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer9h ago

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Deryk Engelland doesn't go to The Strip often but he has felt the support from Las Vegas during the Golden Knights' run to the Stanley Cup Final.

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer9h ago

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Yes, those are Stanley Cup Final logos on the ice in Las Vegas.

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer9h ago

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Marc-Andre Fleury is the odds on favorite to take home the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer9h ago

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Lord Stanley is in Las Vegas.

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer9h ago

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There are four $800 Vegas Golden Knights pucks with 1,200 crystals on sale at the team store, The Armory, at the T-Mobile Arena.

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer11h ago

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The Zamboni makes its final run for the night. The puck will be dropped in 25 hours.

Charles Moynihan, ESPN Producer12h ago

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Capitals forward T.J. Oshie on the atmosphere at T-Mobile Arena: "It is definitely different. The Golden Knights feed off the (crowd). We have to limit them in the beginning."

Charles Moynihan, ESPN Producer13h ago

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William Karlsson on playing in the Stanley Cup.

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer13h ago

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Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt on facing his former club in the Stanley Cup Finals: "Who could have scripted this for both teams?"

Charles Moynihan, ESPN Producer14h ago

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Marc-André Fleury on playing Washington again, this time in the Stanley Cup Final.

Arash Markazi, ESPN Senior Writer14h ago

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