The Penguin are back in the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight year and their fourth time in ten years while Nashville makes their Stanley Cup Final debut. After an unbelievable double overtime win on Thursday, thanks to a Chris Kunitz two goal performance, the Penguins find themselves hosting the Nashville Predators tonight for a shot at back-to-back Stanley Cups.
The Penguins will try to be the first team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions since the 1997-1998 Detroit Red Wings. This series features the league's best offense (3.05 goals per game) against the league's best defense (1.81 goals against per game). It also features two American born coaches, Peter Laviolette and Mike Sullivan and whichever coach wins the series will be the first American-born coach to win two titles (per the Penguins website).
Honestly, I still can't believe the Penguins are playing for the Stanley Cup again. In early April when we found out Kris Letang was done for the year I also thought that meant the Penguins were done for the year as well. The Penguins have managed to plow (hahaha plow) through the league's 4th best team in the first round, the Columbus Blue Jackets and their entire 5th line, defeating them in five games. What did the Penguins do after that series? Only beat the first place, President's Trophy winning Washington Capitals IN Washington in a Game Seven to advance to the Conference Finals. After that? The Penguins took on the red hot Senators who previously ran train on both the Bruins and Rangers to get to that point. Keep in mind, the Penguins have been banged (haha banged) up the entire playoffs.
Nashville did the Lord's work to get here. Knocking off the Chicago Blackhawks and their entire fanbase in just four games. Honestly, I think we were all Predators fans that series. From there, Nashville beat the St.Louis Blues in six games, and it was sort of like whatever, because the Blues always find a way to B-LOSE in the end. Then the Predators and Ducks beat the living hell out of each other for six straight games, which was great to watch. Nashville took that series but also lost their best forward Ryan Johansen with a leg injury that required 'emergency surgery.'
So I guess this is sort of a dream matchup for the NHL. You have the Penguins high-powered offense that can almost score at will versus the Nashville Predators and their solid defensive core. Oh yeah, Pekka Rinne and Matt Murray are also pretty good at goaltending as well. The only thing that truly sucks about this series is that both teams are missing key players that would make the series all the more enjoyable.
Nashville is without Ryan Johansen, Kevin Fiala, Craig Smith (day-to-day) and Carrie Underwood's husband (day-to-day).
Pittsburgh is without Kris Letang, Tom Kuhnhackl, Chad Ruhwedel, and potentially Jake Guentzel (game-time decision)
Honestly have no idea what the lines will be for either team - Patric Hornqvist will play tonight though so that's good. Carrie Underwood's husband will probably play, same with Nashville forward Craig Smith.
The lights are on, folks.
Crosby, Malkin, Kessel, Guentzel vs Subban, Josi, Ellis, and Ekholm - buckle up
Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne has struggled in his career vs Pittsburgh - he's 1-5-2 in 8 career games against the Penguins with a 3.57 GAA and .880 save %.
Chris Kunitz scored two goals in Game Seven and we're still not over that.
Expect Carey Underwood's husband to play tonight for Nashville after missing the last two games.
Speaking of Underwood, Jimerson >>>> that jabroni.
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Evgeni Malkin leads the Penguins in postseason points with 24, followed by Sidney Crosby with 20 and Kessel with 19. Not an expert, but that's pretty good.
Since replacing Marc-Andre Fleury, Matt Murray has posted a .946 save percentage, pretty much stopping everything.
Matt Cullen and Patric Hornqvist used to be Predators and James Neal used to be a Penguin. #TheMoreYouKnow
HAHAHAHA remember Nick Spaling? Good times, good times.
Nashville or Smashville as they call it, loves to beat the hell out of cars with opposing team's logos on it. It's pretty fun to watch actually.
I guarantee I'll be mad about it very soon though.
Watch for Hornqvist to have beach front property in Pekka Rinne's head tonight.
With Hornqvist in tonight, Hagelin could be the odd man out. The Penguins morning skate was optional as always and I'm sure Sullivan will say his lineup is a 'game-time decision.'
Harambe died a year ago yesterday. RIP.
If you don't have alcohol, go out and stock up on it now. You'll need it.
Never, ever, forget Paul Steigerwald playing guitar.
Do it. Go Pens.
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