A Date with Lord Stanley Begins

The stage for the NHL 2017 Stanley Cup Final starts tonight where the Nashville Predators face off against the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

Game 1 is held at the Ppg Paints Arena in Pittsburgh and the puck drop is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. EST.

PPG Paints Arena

PPG Industries purchased the naming rights in Oct. 2016 and was formerly known as the Consol Energy Center. Credit: Wikipedia

Where there is a Stanley Cup Final, it always begs the question: Who is going to win the Stanley Cup?

Plucking out three of the most popular polls I could find on Twitter, majority of fans are siding with the Nashville Predators to win it all.

Pekka Rinne has been playing lights out hockey as he leads all goaltenders in the playoffs in wins (12), goals against average (1.70), save percentage (.941) and shutouts (tied [2]). One the flip side, you have an offensive powerhouse in Pittsburgh with Crosby (7 goals, 13 assists), Malkin (7 goals, 17 assists), Kessel (7 goals, 12 assists) and Guentzel (9 goals, 7 assists).

We could be seeing a classic case of the unstoppable force meets the immovable object this Stanley Cup final.

Team Statistics Table
Rk Team GP W L OW OL W-L% G GA DIFF
1 Nashville Predators 16 12 4 2 1 .750 47 29 18
2 Pittsburgh Penguins 19 12 7 2 2 .632 58 44 14

Notable Injuries:

Nashville 

  • Mike Fisher (undisclosed) is expected to play in game 1 tonight
  • Ryan Johansen (thigh) out for the playoffs
  • Kevin Fiala (femur) out for the playoffs

Notable Injuries:

Pittsburgh

  • Patric Hornqvist (upper body) will be in the lineup for tonight’s game
  • Kris Letang (neck) is out on IR due to a neck injury

 

 

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