The San Jose Sharks will make their first Stanley Cup Final appearance in the team’s 25-year history when the puck drops Monday night in Game 1.
The Pittsburgh Penguins return to the Cup final for the fifth year. They have a 3-1 record in previous appearances, the last being in 2009 when they won against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7.
The Sharks and Pens are both loaded with talented goal scorers.
San Jose enters the final with the league’s top offense, scoring an average of 3.50 goals per game.
Logan Couture and Joe Thornton are the Sharks’ top two playmakers of the postseason, with 16 and 15 assists.
Captain Joe Pavelski’s puck-tipping proficiency has helped him garner a league-high 13 playoff goals.
After a slow start to the season, the Penguins transformed into a different team when Mike Sullivan took over behind the Pittsburgh bench in December.
The Pens are known for the dominant duo of Sidney Crosby (6-9-15) and Evgeni Malkin (4-11-15) , however the team also boasts offensive depth.
Phil Kessel’s line has been dominant. Kessel leads the team with nine goals and 18 points.
Here’s a complete look at the schedule:
2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final Schedule
Note: All times ET
Game 1 San Jose at Pittsburgh: Monday, May 30, 8 p.m., NBC
Game 2 San Jose at Pittsburgh: Wednesday, June 1, 8 p.m., NBCSN
Game 3 Pittsburgh at San Jose: Saturday, June 4, 8 p.m., TBD
Game 4 Pittsburgh at San Jose: Monday, June 6, 8 p.m., TBD
Game 5* San Jose at Pittsburgh: Thursday, June 9, 8 p.m., NBC
Game 6* Pittsburgh at San Jose: Sunday, June 12, 8 p.m., NBC
Game 7* San Jose at Pittsburgh: Wednesday, June 15, 8 p.m., NBC
Television information for Games 3 and 4 will be announced at a later date.
Note: * Denotes if necessary