TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning are hoping to rejoin hockey royalty after a decade-plus absence. The Chicago Blackhawks are chasing their third NHL title in six seasons.

While Steven Stamkos is downplaying the idea of youth versus experience for the Stanley Cup, the captain of the Lightning understands the challenge presented by the Blackhawks beginning with Game 1 on Wednesday night.

Stamkos says "They're champions for a reason. It's going to be a big mountain for us to climb but I think everybody in this room is willing to do it."

The Blackhawks are hoping their experience preparing for big games and knowing what to expect in the Stanley Cup Final will make a difference.

Chicago and Tampa Bay split of a pair of regular-season games, with each team winning at home.