Wilson could return for Predators in Game 5 of Cup Final

Predators vs Penguins

Nashville's Big 4 on defence might be down to just three after Ryan Ellis left Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final with an undisclosed injury.

"I think everybody knows Geno's drive in the locker room", said Kunitz. He also got called for unsportsmanlike conduct in the third period as tensions started to boil over for the Predators.

The Penguins skated in Pittsburgh before flying to Nashville. Rinne had struggled to start the series in Pittsburgh though, pegged for eight goals on only 36 shots at PPG Paints Arena. So, have to back the Preds here and predict we'll have a game seven later in the week.

Like Hornqvist, Neal was drafted in the 2005 NHL Draft.

A more potent power play would help Malkin and Kessel, who lead the team with 11 power-play points apiece. He was shaky in the Penguins' 5-3 win in Game 1, pulled in the Penguins' 4-1 in Game 2, solid in the Predators' 5-1 win in Game 3 and brilliant, particularly in a game-saving, second-period performance in the Predators' 4-1 win in Game 4. He added 22 points in 38 playoff games for the Pens over four playoff seasons. Four of the prior 12 clubs went on to win the Cup: the 1966 and 1971 Montreal Canadiens, 2009 Penguins and 2011 Boston Bruins.

Following the trade in June 2014, both cornerstone pieces in this trade had impacts on their new franchises.

The Predators are 5-5 when forced to wear the road whites, including a Game 5 victory against Anaheim in the West finals. But once the game started, the ice belonged to the Penguins.

The Penguins overwhelmed Rinne again, sending Nashville's star goaltender to the bench in Pittsburgh for a second straight game in the Stanley Cup Final. "I've said on a number of occasions they are a privilege to coach, and I sincerely mean that". Crosby finished the evening with three assists, pushing Pittsburgh to within one win of back-to-back Stanley Cups.

But let's not forget about the third piece to this deal.

No matter how the ice has tilted one way or another, this Final has earned some extra attention for the Nashville hockey effect with catfish and country music artists, from surprise anthem singers to Carrie Underwood, the wife of Predators captain Mike Fisher. Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel were among the six different goal-scorers for the Penguins, who are now one win away from becoming the first repeat Cup victor in nearly 20 years. "We know who we're facing, in their building".

He also took the opportunity to talk about getting pointers from Lemieux, who led the Penguins to two Cups as a player.

Biggs has jumped around since the trade. The Penguins won their two home games by a combined 9-4.

As for the conditions on the picks, there were many of them. Instead, his penalty was just one of 14 given to the Predators with 10 handed out to Pittsburgh for a total of 100 penalty minutes.

If Ellis can not play, the Predators would have to rely on either Matt Irwin or Yannick Weber for more minutes.

It took all of 91 seconds for Pittsburgh to get its swagger back.

This was a different Pittsburgh team than we had seen in the series - and that included the wins in Games 1 and 2. Letang is a calming presence on Pittsburgh's back end and plays almost 30 minutes per game. Over that span he's notched 49 goals and 129 points a little under his per-game averages in Toronto. Wings Phil Kessel - save for a lone assist in Game 2 - Patric Hornqvist and Carl Hagelin, in his two games back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch, are among those absent from the scoresheet thus far. The Predators weren't shaken then, much like the Penguins aren't shaken now.

If you look at this trade for face value, there's no clear cut victor.

The Second Coming of Pekka Rinne?

Rust's goal 6:43 into the opening period, on a great backhander into the top corner, came off a feed from Kunitz and gave Pittsburgh an early two-goal cushion. "They've had some high-quality chances, and the puck hasn't gone in the net for the last couple of games".

While the outcome won't change the overall perception of this trade, it could make for an interesting discussion down the road.


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