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A fellow reporter, who has covered many of these playoffs in Nashville, recently said to me, "The Predators and their fans are 100% convinced they are going to win the Stanley Cup".

The Stanley Cup Final begins Monday when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Nashville Predators at 8 p.m. ET (NBC). "You make minor adjustments depending on who you're playing against, what they do, but I think ultimately you trust your game and what's gotten you to this point".

Woods apologized to his family, friends and fans and said, "I expect more from myself, too".

One of Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford's first moves when he took over in 2014 was to send forward James Neal to Nashville for forward Patric Hornqvist.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and Pittsburgh's mayor announced a friendly wager on the Stanley Cup Playoffs that will benefit local veterans' organizations in each reason.

To emphasize the point, A-list musical acts have been lining up to sing the national anthem before games, including Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill and Carrie Underwood.

Then. well, the catfish got thrown on the ice, and that meant there were more catfish thrown on the ice in the second period than the Penguins managed shots on goal. They are now 53-32-13 overall and 22-23-4 on the road. The Predators lost center Ryan Johansen to a severe thigh injury.

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The Penguins have not had a shot on Pekke Rinne since scoring their third goal with 17 seconds remaining in the first period. These two teams have very similar styles of play, which will make the series that much more interesting. He is out for the rest of the season while he recovers from fusion surgery performed April 20 in Texas. The Penguins don't necessarily have speed and skill on the back-end, but they have a ton of experience and know-how to give balance to a potent offensive attack. Philadelphia went back-to-back in 1974 and 1975; Bowman's Canadiens followed with four straight; the New York Islanders won the next four and then came Messier's Oilers winning two in a row, four of five and five of seven.

"It's a grind", 22-year-old Olli Maatta said.

Over the last week, us writers here at OnTheForecheck have previewed this series extensively. There definitely wont be any rust.

"I think at the end of the day we're up 1-0", Bonino said.

The Predators became the 16th different team to reach the final since the 2005-06 lockout and Messier thought parity - a direct result of the salary cap - was primary in why it was hard for teams to repeat. Forsberg, who finished that season in the second-tier Swedish league with 14 goals and 17 assists, also captained Sweden's World Junior Championship team which won the silver medal. However, his production has tailed off and he hasn't scored a goal in his last eight games.

“As a goalscorer youre going to go through highs and lows in your career, and definitely through a season, ” Neal said.

"He had given me a couple teams that had called, so he scratched me and said to go home because something was on the table", Fiddler recalled. "But we know we need to be much better in order to continue to get to where we want to go". Laviolette has given the Predators the edge they've always needed while Sullivan's straightforward approach and expert button-pushing have made Pittsburgh seemingly immune to any kind of Cup hangover. I can't not hope, in a year when the Red Wings said goodbye to a 25 year playoff streak, Gordie Howe, Mike Illitch, and Joe Louis Arena, that Detroit hangs onto one last claim to greatness: the last back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions. Im enjoying the ride, living in the moment, and enjoying every single game because it truly is the best time of the year and something I have worked my whole life for.”.