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Stanley Cup Finals Begin: What You Need to Know

The Pittsburgh Penguins face off against the Nashville Predators Monday night on NBC…

Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins are hoping to do what no team has done in 19 years – repeat as Stanley Cup champions. They will host the NHL’s Cinderella story of 2017, the Nashville Predators, Monday night at 8pm.

These teams faced each other only twice this season, each coming away with one win. The Penguins finished the season with a 50-21-11 record in the East, while the Predators notched a 41-29-12 record in the West.

For a full breakdown of stats and match-ups, visit TheHockeyNews.com. They give the Penguins a 59%-41% edge.

What to watch for, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Fatigue could become a factor as the final moves along, since Nashville will have had six days off before Game 1 Monday while the Penguins, coming off consecutive seven-game series, will have had three.

What to watch for, via The Tennessean:

Pittsburgh has three players who are averaging at least one point per game this postseason — center Evgeni Malkin (24 points), captain Sidney Crosby (20 points) and forward Phil Kessel (19 points). Predators coach Peter Laviolette has options to slow them down. He could choose to deploy shutdown pair Mattias Ekholm and P.K. Subban against Malkin’s line with Kessel. That would leave defensemen Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis in charge of guarding Crosby, who practiced Sunday on a line with forwards Chris Kunitz and Conor Sheary.