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Today marks the beginning of the end for the 2017-18 NHL season as the Golden Knights and Capitals square off.

Washington Capitals v Vegas Golden Knights Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Tonight we have Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals featuring the Vegas Golden Knights and the Washington Capitals. Former Minnesota Wild Players, Erik Haula and Alex Tuch, look to be on the 2nd line heading into today.

Wild News

New Wild GM Paul Fenton’s never-quit ways began as player | Star Tribune

“Paul Fenton is known as tireless, patient and sharp reading intangibles. “

Remington: When Negativity Runs Wild | Zone Coverage

“There isn’t a whole lot of positivity built into being a Minnesota sports fan, especially a Minnesota Wild fan.”

Off the Trail

NHL Scoring Trends, 2007-08 to 2017-18: Is the League Getting More Competitive? | Hockey Graphs

“With 10 years in the books for complex Corsi data, and hockey’s seeming “Moneyball moment” fully here regardless of the quibbling on social and mainstream media, is the league getting any tighter?”

Fleury is the clear Conn Smythe Favorite | The Hockey News

Marc-Andre Fleury has been all-world for the Vegas Golden Knights in the post-season, and he may already have the Conn Smythe trophy sewn up”

Hockey player scores 5 goals, 2 assists and he’s 91 | ABC 13

“He can body check and back pass as good as any amateur on the ice.”

All Around the Nation

Was Janine Weber a bust in Boston? | The Ice Garden

“Big things were expected of the star Austrian forward when she signed with the Pride.”

Trading Jeff Skinner Would be a Big Mistake | Canes Country

“Skinner’s name has, yet again, entered the rumor mill. If it is the last time that happens, it could mean that the Canes made a huge mistake.”

Capitals Fans Revel in Team’s Return to Kettler | Japers’ Rink

“Thousands of people turned out to see the team off to Nevada.”