Stanley Cup finals: the crucial questions as the Penguins take on the Sharks

Which player will make a difference? What will hockey fans be arguing about at the end of the series? A rundown of what to look out for in hockey’s showpiece

Predicting what could potentially be seven straight games involving two very good hockey teams is perhaps a fool’s errand – as it might be in any sport – but because the Stanley Cup finals start on Monday night, it is time to speculate on what they might bring us. Already, we have been gifted the pleasure of having a team, the San Jose Sharks, make their first appearance in the finals. Opposing them are the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are matched only by the Chicago Blackhawks in finals appearances of late – three times since 2008 (Pittsburgh last won the Cup in 2008-09).

What will happen this time?

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