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BOTH PLAY­ERS HAVE ELITE hockey sense and puck skills and can ex­e­cute passes un­der pres­sure. Kane’s first in­stinct is to move with the puck. He is al­ways look­ing for an open­ing to score. He needs to have team­mates to get him the puck when he is in mo­tion. Kucherov’s game has ma­tured. De­spite scor­ing at a goal-per-game clip this sea­son, his first in­stinct is to set up a team­mate, es­pe­cially Steven Stamkos. No mat­ter who Kucherov is play­ing with, he makes that player bet­ter. His playmaking at the right point on the power play has been at the Erik Karls­son level. EDGE: KUCHEROV

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