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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - JUNE 12: The Stanley cup is hoisted after the St. Louis Blues defeated Boston Bruins in Game Seven of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on June 12, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

A battle between Atlantic Division clubs (in a normal season, anyway) will take center stage for hockey’s ultimate prize, as it will be the Montreal Canadiens going against the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2021 Stanley Cup Final.

The Bolts will be looking to become the league’s first repeat champion since the Penguins won back-to-back Cups in 2016 and 2017, while the Canadiens will be looking for their first championship since 1993 and what would be a record-extending 25th Stanley Cup championship. The Canadiens, the first Canadian team to make it the fourth round since the Canucks in 2011, are also looking to end what’s been a five-Cup losing streak for Canadian clubs.

On the broadcast side of things, the fun can be found on NBC for the final time (the league will shift away from NBC beginning next year) and gets underway on Monday night from Tampa’s Amalie Arena. The first two games of the series will be on NBCSN and Peacock before the final five shift to NBC, but will also stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

According to NBC, Kenny Albert will handle play-by-play duties alongside U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Eddie Olczyk, while Brian Boucher will be the network’s ‘Inside the Glass analyst.

This year’s Final schedule follows a simple every-other-day pattern, too, with the exception of a two-day break between Games 3 and 4, as the NHL will hold Game 4 on July 5 to avoid trying to air a game on The Fourth of July down in the United States.

Game 1: Montreal at Tampa Bay (Mon., June 28 at 8 p.m., NBCSN/Peacock)

Game 2: Montreal at Tampa Bay (Wed., June 30 at 8 p.m., NBCSN/Peacock)

Game 3: Tampa Bay at Montreal (Fri., July 2 at 8 p.m., NBC)

Game 4: Tampa Bay at Montreal (Mon., July 5 at 8 p.m., NBC)

Game 5: Montreal at Tampa Bay (Wed., July 7 at 8 p.m., NBC)

Game 6: Tampa Bay at Montreal (Fri., July 9 at 8 p.m., NBC)

Game 7: Montreal at Tampa Bay (Sun., July 11 at 7 p.m., NBC)