Well, the big day is finally here.
The Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers are set to square off for the Stanley Cup, and one of these proud franchises is going to end a long championship drought in the process.
Who has the edge when it comes to the matchups at each position? Well, let's just do that, and take a quick look.
It's fitting that two of the deepest forward ranks in the league are meeting each other in the Finals.
The Blackhawks have what is considered the most depth in the league when it comes to rolling all four lines. In the playoffs, the first line of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Dustin Byfuglien has been creating absolute havoc in every series.
Buf's crash and bang style, and presence in front of the net has opened up a lot of shooting lanes, especially for Toews, who is easily the frontrunner for the Conn Smythe heading into this series.
Slick playmaker Marian Hossa is on the second line with the underrated Patrick Sharp, and Troy Brouwer, who has been a great complementary player, regardless of what line he ends up on.
The third line of Andrew Ladd, Kris Versteeg and Dave Bolland is considered one of, if not the best, in the league. The trio can line up with anybody, and has some offense to contribute as well.
The fourth line usually features John Madden, and then a combination of Ben Eager, Adam Burish, and Tomas Kopecky. All play different roles, and Joel Quenneville is able to insert guys in and out how he pleases.
If there is one team that can match up against Chicago when it comes to forwards, it is definitely Philadelphia.
Captain Mike Richards, who like Toews has had a brilliant playoff run, is the man in the middle on the first line.
He's usually joined by Simon Gagne, and late in the last series against the Canadiens, it was Jeff Carter on the right side. That creates a very potent trio, as all three can score from anywhere at any given second.
Daniel Briere has picked up his play in the postseason, and he now anchors the second line with gritty Scott Hartnell, and the resurgent Ville Leino.
It's hard to believe that Leino was even a healthy scratch in the early parts of the first round, but when Carter and Gagne went down with injuries, the young Finn stepped up his play.
Some will argue that Philly's third line was at times the best in the whole series against Montreal.
Claude Giroux was all over the ice, and has meshed well with Arron Asham and James van Riemsdyk.
Look for this trio to line up against the Bolland line quite often, with the Sharp line also a possibility.
The fourth line of Blair Betts, Ian Laperriere, and Darroll Powe is probably one of the best in the league, and don't forget, there is also the feisty Dan Carcillo who can be thrown into the mix.
Advantage: Chicago (slightly)
This would be a draw, except that Philly's young trio of Leino, JVR, and Giroux has been inconsistent, while Chicago's forwards have played steadily throughout the playoffs, and even the regular season.
The Blackhawks possess the dynamic duo of Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith, while the Flyers have one of the best blue liners of the last decade in Chris Pronger, and a steady veteran in Kimmo Timonen.
Chicago also has the smooth puck-moving skills of Brian Campbell, while Brent Sopel, Niklas Hjalmarsson, and Jordan Hendry round out the group.
Philadelphia has two youngsters in Matt Carle and Braydon Coburn, who have played like veterans in the postseason, and a third pairing of Ryan Parent and Lukas Krajicek.
Overall, you could say that both defense corps match up well, as Keith, Campbell, and Seabrook will see a lot of ice time on the PP and PK, while the same could be said about Pronger, Timonen, Coburn, and Carle.
However, the defensive pairing of Parent and Krajicek just has not been that good, and though the pair did pick up their play against Montreal, there was never the worry that a Toews, Kane, Sharp, Hossa, Bolland, or Versteeg would always be on the ice.
Philly's top four can only play so much, while the Blackhawks can match up Sopel and Hjalmarsson against the Flyers forwards for key situations, while giving Keith and company some extra rest.
Antti Niemi has been solid throughout the playoffs, and is the only goalie who has started all of his team's games. He has 12 wins, a solid 2.33 GAA, a .921 save percentage, and two shutouts as well.
However, you can't discount what Michael Leighton has done for the Flyers in these playoffs.
Even though he hasn't played in as many games, Leighton has been spectacular at times for Philly.
Three shutout wins against Montreal can't be discounted, and overall, he is 6-1 with a GAA of 1.45, and a save percentage of .948.
Though I want to give the advantage to Niemi because of his consistency, you can't go against a hot goaltender.
There are a lot of people who believe that Chicago should win this series easily, as the Flyers aren't a high seed.
However, don't forget that at the beginning of the year that Philly was considered to be a strong Cup contender, and the only question was between the pipes.
At this point, that question looks like it has been answered.
This series should be closer than most people think, and it wouldn't at all be surprising if Philly pushed it to seven games, and won. However, it's hard to see Chicago letting it go that long.
The speed and puck possession game of the Hawks should help against a strong Flyers forecheck, and Toews will keep rolling along, just as he has since the middle of the first round.
Prediction: Hawks in six