Music City was as loud as ever, the Nashville Predators secured their first finals berth. In what has been a scintillating series, only one team could advance. Nashville have played the better hockey, it’s been more exciting to watch than Anaheim in all honesty. The ducks fought bravely but never had that x-factor to see them through.
The Nashville Predators have become the first team with the lowest points total going into the post-season to make the finals, history is certainly in the making. Colton Sissons was exceptional skating on the first line in place of the injured Ryan Johansen, bagging a hatty in the process.
The hockey world is gleaming with joy at the prospect of PK Subban having a chance of lifting Lord Stanley’s cup. He has to be the most likeable NHL player for fans of every team. The Montreal Canadiens organisation didn’t agree with that and they only have themselves to blame. As good as Shea Weber has been, Nashville certainly got the better out of that blockbuster trade. Montreal had a better team than Nashville yet look where they are. Subban adds those blockbuster moments, the edge of hollywood about him. He’s a walking documentary and suits Smashville to the ground, he’s been allowed to be himself, it’s been openly encouraged by the Tennessee faithful. A state that is proud of its individual creativity salutes its’ adopted son as he and the team are 4 wins away from the cup. It’s no coincidence that they’ve gone this far since the Subban trade.
Nashville are not a one trick pony either, Pekka Rinne is in the finest form of his career. Totally embarrassed Chicago in the first round and has continued a rich vein of form since. To win the cup you need an elite goaltender, Rinne has been just that.
Peter Laviolette becomes the fourth coach to lead three separate teams to the finals, the first U.S. born coach to do so. Winning it with Carolina back in 2005-06 and losing with the Flyers in 2009-10 to the Chicago dynasty.
Who the Preds face could well be decided tonight as the hotly tipped Pittsburgh Penguins look to finish off the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre.