What to know about the Stanley Cup final, which begins Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN and CBCSports.com

Here are a few key takeaways from Stanley Cup Final weekend: 1.

The Blackhawks are going to play some hockey.

Chicago was the first team to make a move to add some depth to their lineup after the trade deadline.

After winning the Stanley Stanley Cup in 2012, the Blackhawks have struggled in recent years.

Chicago has missed the playoffs in each of the last two seasons and is headed for the first playoff exit in franchise history.

2.

It’s the biggest night of the year for a team in a playoff spot.

The Stanley Cup finals are the best way for fans to experience hockey in its best form.

They can watch the best players in the world and the best coaches in the league in the same night.

The only downside to watching the Stanley Cups is that the game often drifts into a dark, overcast night.

3.

You won’t be able to watch the Blackhawks and Blackhawks fans at the same time.

The Hawks will play a home game on Thursday night, the home team’s first of the series.

But fans will be able watch the Stanley cup final on a TV set at a different location.

That means they won’t get to see the Blackhawks on a local broadcast, but the Blackhawks will be on the big screen at home.

4.

There’s a new addition to the Stanley.

The Chicago Blackhawks have added two players to their roster this off-season.

They signed forward David Backes and defenseman Mark Letestu.

Backes is a 22-year-old who spent the past two seasons with the Minnesota Wild, where he recorded nine goals and 17 assists for 21 points in 66 games.

Letestul, meanwhile, is an 18-year old who spent last season with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Both players were traded to Chicago for minor league players in exchange for forwards Tyler Motte and Zach Sanford.

Letestsu, meanwhile is the son of former NHL player Andrew Letestru, who played in the NHL for the New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals.

5.

Fans can catch a glimpse of the Stanley on the road.

Chicago and Los Angeles have both played a home series.

In addition to playing at the United Center, both teams will play two road games this season.

Chicago will play the Chicago Wolves at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, while Los Angeles will play host to the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif.

Both teams will also play three games at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., in the first of two home series against the Pacific Division’s best.