Predators might get Fisher back for Final

Even Getzlaf had a letdown: After scoring 15 points in Anaheim's first nine playoff games, he managed just four points in the final eight, getting shut out six times.

Any traditional analysis suggests the Predators are the underdog, but they have played the entire postseason as if they the team to beat.

The offensive star: A second-round pick of the Predators in 2012, Sissons had spent the majority of the past three seasons in the minor leagues.

When the Penguins faced off against the Red Wings during the Stanley Cup Final in 2008 and '09, Wholey's refused to sell octopi to Detroit fans. Colton Sissons has 10 points in 16 games after putting up the same amount of points in 58 regular season games. Of course not, they're still a very flawed team.

Karlsson led the Senators in points during the regular season as well as in the playoffs.

The Nashville Predators got past the Anaheim Ducks without their top two centers, but they might have one of them back for the start of the Stanley Cup Final. With any luck, they'll earn their spot in hockey history as Stanley Cup Champions as well.

This incredible mental fortitude and poise for a 22-year-old seems to be benefitting his team, as Pittsburgh has outscored Ottawa 10-2 in the game two games. One of Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford's first moves when he was hired in 2014 was to trade forward James Neal to the Predators for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling. He handles the puck like an extra defenseman. Kesler called Game 6 "the toughest loss I've taken in my career", and this is a man who, as a member of the Vancouver Canucks in 2011, lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Rinne now has 34 playoff victories and is no longer at the top of a list no goalie likes. Ditto for Conor Sheary.

However, the Penguins defense corps is, to put it lightly, absolutely abhorrent. "You need a lot of things to go right". Patric Hornqvist and Justin Schultz (both of whom played in Game 7) missed time.

As for what Pierre Dorion and Guy Boucher have attempted to do with their Senators' squad, I mostly covered it in my series preview of sorts before the Rangers began their series against Ottawa. The Penguins would have three Stanley Cups since 2009, and would have done something the Hawks were never able to do - repeat as champions and potentially become a true dynasty. The very determined Predators began the National Hockey League playoffs by defeating the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks in four games. Look for Laviolette to get his team to follow suit if possible.Having exorcized their Game 7 demons against the Edmonton Oilers, the Anaheim Ducks look to exact revenge against the team that ended their postseason hopes a year ago. Others can go for highly skilled squads that prefer to push the pace, knowing that they can always out-skate and out-score their problems, like the Penguins and Blackhawks teams that have hit the ice since the latter portion of the 2000's.

Four years later, Wilson was in Nashville with a minority stake. Signing Smith to a deal like that essentially cuts off any chance of revamping the team's right side of the blue line.

-DEEP DEPTH: To make a deep run in the playoffs, a team has to have more than one or two dominant lines and a dominant goalie.

Whatever he decides to do, all Gorton needs to do is not drastically screw up and the Rangers will be in a better place.

"That's why it's the hardest trophy to win in sports", Neal said, per Greg Beachem of the Associated Press (via USA and World Report News).

For a savvy Canadian investor, however, an unexpected opportunity to be part of the nation's biggest sports product doesn't take much convincing.

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