Stanley Cup Finals Find Unlikely Predators
The Stanley Cup Finals were the award after the Predators sealed the Anaheim Ducks’ fate on Monday night with a 6-3 victory. The Nashville Predators made team history by qualifying for the franchise’s first Stanley Cup Final. The best-of-seven series will begin May 29, with the Predators facing either Ottawa or Pittsburgh. The recipe for success in the playoffs has been two-fold for the Predators. The team has shown a balanced offensive attack and all-world goaltending. The Predators have seven players on their roster with double-digit points. This leads all NHL clubs. Their top line of Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson has been an offensive powerhouse. The duo has 38 points collectively. The teams top four defensemen have contributed an astounding 39 points as a group.
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To understand the other half of Nashville’s success one has to look no further than their goaltender. Pekka Rinne leads all playoff goaltenders in goals against average with a 1.70. His save percentage is .941. The Fin has massed 12 wins , and is tied for the lead with two shutouts. There is no question that Rinne has been the league’s most valuable player thus far in the 2016-17 playoffs. If he continues that pace, fans can expect not only a Stanley Cup, but also a Conn Smythe Trophy to be paraded down the streets of Nashville.
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