Who to Watch
The Predators will be without center Ryan Johansen and that’s a big blow. Johansen had to undergo emergency surgery for acute compartment syndrome on his left thigh last week and will miss the rest of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Still, Predator centers Filip Forsberg (8 G, 7 A, +17) and Colton Sissons (5 G, 5 A. +9) have a lot to offer. Also, look to defensemen like Ryan Ellis, P.K. Subban, and Roman Josi, who bring a total of 31 playoff points to the ice tonight, to be major contributors.
The usual suspects will be on the ice tonight for the Penguins. Centers Evgeni Malkin (7 G, 17 A, +8), Sidney Crosby (7 G, 13 A, -1) and Jake Guentzel (9 G, 7 A, -3) offer premium scoring potential. Plus, RW Phil Kessel (7 G, 12 A, +11) and D-man Justin Schultz (3 G, 7 A, +3) bring a whole lot to the ice. Kessel has five power play goals and six assists.
Five Keys to this Game
Goaltending on both sides
- Nashville has to slow down Penguin offense
- Pittsburgh defense has to step up
- Physical battles can tip balance
- Penguin destiny vs. Predator chutzpah
2017 Stanley Cup Finals Game One Pick
The first game of this series will begin at 8 p.m. E.T. tonight. As a first game, this one is tough to call. Will Rinne and his defense hold fast? Will Murray continue to excel in goal and can his offense perform up to expectations? Is Pittsburgh a team of destiny about to win its second Cup in a row or will the upstart Predators upset and undermine their quest? We see game one like this. Our 2017 Stanley Cup Finals game one picks are under 5.5 goals and the Penguins.