Which NHL player is in trouble?

How will the 2017 Stanley Cup finals shake out?

Is the Detroit Red Wings headed to the Cup Final?

Who will win the Stanley Cup?

Will the Tampa Bay Lightning take home their first trophy?

Will it slime?

It’s all in the minds of the NHL teams that are set to take the ice Friday night in Chicago.

Here are five players who could be headed for a rough night.


Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals Ovechin is the highest-scoring Capitals forward this season, but he’s not exactly the most explosive offensive threat.

The 26-year-old forward has just four goals and 10 assists in 28 games.

Ovechuk has also missed more than three weeks with an injury.

His goal total is down from his career-high of 29 this season.

Ovi is the Caps’ top scorer this season and has a team-high 19 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in 19 games.

But the Capitals have lost their last four games and will be without top offensive defenseman Nicklas Backstrom, who has been sidelined with a shoulder injury.

That leaves Ovi as Washington’s top scoring option.

Olynyk is a tough matchup for the Capitals in their best-of-seven series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Osynyk has seven goals and nine points in the series, but his scoring chances are down to just 0.8 per game, which ranks in the bottom-third of the league.


Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks Perry is one of the game’s most productive forwards, averaging nearly a point-per-game over the last two seasons.

He has four goals in his last five games, but has missed nearly three weeks because of a groin injury.

Perry is tied for fourth in the league in goals (20), fourth in points (63), tied for fifth in goals against average (2.17), tied with Dallas’ Jason Spezza for fourth among NHL forwards in power-play goals (15) and fifth in power play points (27).

But Perry is on the ice for fewer than 20 minutes in six of his last seven games.

Perry’s team-leading 13 goals and 26 points in 25 games are his most since last season, when he had 17 goals and 34 points in 27 games.


Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lighting Kucherkov is the Lightning’s most prolific scorer, scoring 26 goals and 40 points in his final 20 games.

The 30-year old has six goals and 11 points in 10 games, and he was named NHL MVP after leading the Lightning to their first Stanley Cup Final since 1994.

The 22-year tol is on pace for a career-best 53 goals this season (20th in the NHL).

But he has missed more time with an upper-body injury.

The Lightning have won five of the last six games against the Blackhawks, and Kuc is expected to play in Game 6 against the Red Wings.


Alex Semin, Florida Panthers Semin has played in a career low-scoring game this season for the Panthers, who are down 3-0 to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

Semin has five goals in four games, scoring a combined 10 points.

Semin is tied with Tampa Bay defenseman Shea Theodore for second in the League with eight power- play goals.


Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins Crosby is having the best season of his career.

The 38-year‑old captain has 31 points in 35 games and leads the NHL in scoring (28), plus-minus (plus-17), goals (29) and points (36).

He’s also tied for second among NHL captains in goals with 52.

Crosby is on track to break Sidney’s single-season record for scoring in a season (1,838), breaking the previous mark of 1,846 set by Wayne Gretzky in 1967-68.

He’s the first player to score 1,000 points for the Penguins in consecutive seasons since Gordie Howe (1.037) in 1975-76.

Crosby has scored more goals than any player in the past 30 seasons.

The 29-year veteran has scored at least 1,200 points in each of the past five seasons.


Corey Tropp, New Jersey Devils Tropp is the only player in NHL history to score in back-to-back seasons.

In 2015-16, the 28-year­-old scored in all 13 games.

In 2016-17, Tropp had three goals and seven assists in 13 games, making him the fourth-most productive defenseman in the modern era behind Wayne Gretza (1;86), Mario Lemieux (1) and Joe Thornton (1).

Tropp has four points in three playoff games.


Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Steelers Penguins center Malkin has been a solid performer for the Pittsburgh Penguins this season but has played on a line with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Daniel Winnik this season because of injuries. Kuzne