The Battle of Florida kicks off Sunday and it may just come down to a Battle of superstar Russian Goalies: Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Florida Panthers’ Sergei Bobrovsky.
Two of the most decorated goaltenders in the NHL will square off in Game 1 as Bobrovsky — the only active two-time winner of the Vezina Trophy — gets the Florida net and takes on countryman Vasilevskiy on the other side.
Vasilevskiy is widely regarded the best goalie in the NHL and he led the league with 31 wins this season.
He won the Vezina in 2019 and is favored to do it again this year and will join Bobrovsky in the Two-Timers Club.
When it comes to this series, however, both come in with some question marks.