Old (Penguins) vs. new (Predators) in Stanley Cup Final

  • Old (Penguins) vs. new (Predators) in Stanley Cup Final

Old (Penguins) vs. new (Predators) in Stanley Cup Final

They addressed global media at PPG Paints Arena Sunday for media day, saying they are focused on winning the series, not necessarily making history.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will obviously be looking to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions.

With the minutes counting down before the puck is dropped Monday night at PPG Paints Arena to kick off the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators continued to size up one another. Add to that the fact that the healing Patric Hornqvist could return to the lineup against his former team for Game 1, and the rich are seemingly getting richer. We were the last one into the tournament and so we don't get home ice at all. "But it doesn't guarantee anything". You don't go to one restaurant without seeing a Nashville Predators flag, and there's tons of people outside the arena watching the games.

On May 25, Rowney and the Pittsburgh Penguins downed the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in double overtime in a decisive game seven to advance to the Stanley Cup finals against the Nashville Predators.

"You never know when you'll be back here again", Nick Bonino said.

Nashville has arguably the best defense of any Cup finalist in recent history, led by P.K. Subban, Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm.

Now the guys from the place that calls itself "Smashville" have a chance to become the first franchise to win the Cup in its first try since Carolina did 11 years ago.

Poile recently told reporters in Nashville that he considers hiring Laviolette "a line with the franchise", marking a shift in the team's approach as it made changes to be better suited for the modern National Hockey League with an emphasis on strong skating and puck possession. But Laviolette wouldn't go beyond that, in keeping with the secrecy that team executives take to high levels during the playoffs for fear of giving their opponents an advantage.

A lot of fan bases can be inhospitable to johnny-come-latelys, but Nashville, who've only been a team for 19 years, are pretty much the opposite.

The Nashville Predators can win this series and take home their first Stanley Cup. Sullivan took over in Pittsburgh in December 2015 and provided the edge the Penguins so desperately needed, becoming the sixth US -born coach to win it all.

"Once you get past those rounds, you really start feeling confident and things start going your way", Rinne said. They find ways to win, and we're not ideal on some nights by any stretch. I think he helps us win even on nights when he doesn't score because he has a complete skill set. "There was a couple of times where I was struggling throughout the playoffs and even during the season and I think that's normal for a rookie".

In the post season, despite suffering numerous injuries (Mike Fisher, Ryan Johanson, Kevin Fiala) they've managed to dispatch the Blackhawks, Blues and Ducks due to their depth, offensively minded defenseman and the masterful play of goalie Pekka Rinne.

Predators' centerman Ryan Johansen suffered a season-ending injury in the Western Conference Final. "They're hungry and they want to win", said Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley.

Admittedly, the Preds did a great job winning the final two games against the Ducks despite missing both Johansen and fellow centre Mike Fisher, who was also injured in Game 4 and unavailable for the remainder of the series. No team that has lost a Stanley Cup Final has gone on to win it in ensuing years.

Both teams then made a series of moves to surround their new coaches with the right collection of players.

Pittsburgh's strength is up front. Since coming back from a hand injury, he has provided a Quality Start (fewer than three goals or better than.915 save percentage) in every start, including his strong Game 7 performance against the Ottawa Senators. Goaltender Pekka Rinne is playing the best hockey of his career at 34 (1.70 goals against in the playoffs) while the Predators' defense seems to know when jump in the fray.