Pittsburgh Penguins in any round thus far this year? Of course not!
On the other hand, for some reason, I thought I had predicted the Nashville Predators would win it all this year at the beginning of the season, but I'd chosen the Washington Capitals instead. Oh well.
Time for a correction, of course, as I see the Preds winning this.
What we have at play here is one team without its best (and lone high-level) defenseman (Kris Letang) but two of the best centers in the game in Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, and the other with the best defensive top-4 in the game featuring two Norris-caliber defenders (P.K. Subban and Roman Josi) and two of the five best shut-down guys in the league in Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis.
Nashville has torn through everybody, including the Anaheim Ducks who also have a decent 1-2 punch at center with Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler...
The Ottawa Senators took the Pens to Game 7, and the Preds are just slightly less balanced on offense and tremendously better on D than Ottawa.
Subban made Captain Serious lose his cool, I can just see Temper 87 do something insane like (Marty) McSorley-stick him on the head twice (because he won’t get called for it the first time).
They say defense wins championships, it's time to put that saying to the test in hockey.
Preds in 6.