Pittsburgh looks defend its title while Nashville looks for its first ever. From Sidney Crosby to Carrie Underwood (yes, the country singer), here’s everything you need to watch for in this year’s Stanley Cup Final.
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The 2017 Stanley Cup Final will make history regardless of the outcome. The Pittsburgh Penguins could become the first team in 19 years to repeat as champions. The Nashville Predators, meanwhile, are looking to hoist their first Cup in the franchise’s 18-season existence.
Nashville, the playoffs’ 16th seed, has dispatched the Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks, going 12-4 in the process. Pittsburgh has defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, Washington Capitals and Ottawa Senators, needing two overtimes in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final to get the job done (and a Game 7 against the Capitals, too).
Here’s how experts in the USA TODAY Network see the…