Mystique vs. mayhem in unlikely Stanley Cup Final

Except, for some of the Penguins, it has happened often.

His 16 points are five shy of the National Hockey League rookie record for a single playoff year of 21, set by Minnesota's Dino Ciccarelli in 1981 and matched by Philadelphia's Ville Leino in 2010.

And yet, the Penguins are four wins away from repeating as champions, something neither the Chicago Blackhawks nor the Los Angeles Kings did in their time as the NHL's top dog.

The Penguins have been a broken team all season long.

"Any time you get traded from a team and you move on to the next, you always want to play great against your old team", Neal said Friday.

"Most of their guys won it past year and know what's coming at them", Predators Defenseman Yannick Weber said Sunday. The Preds' Peter Laviolette led the 2006 Carolina Hurricanes to the Cup; the Pens' Mike Sullivan did the same with last year's Pens.

Just as they've done throughout the postseason, the Preds had that same quiet confidence about them the day before Game One, and they're not anxious about anything but simply embracing the moment and doing what got them here in the first place. "It's a special thing".

"Even though December and some of January we were struggling a little bit, we were dealing with a lot of injuries". What celebrity would you like to have at the games? - were mixed with serious queries about the matchup and deeper dives on individual players' life and career stories. You get a sense why it's so hard.

"It should be some exciting hockey as far as back and forth and fast and physical", Crosby said.

Of course, if Fisher has been a disappointment when it comes to points, then Colton Sissons must be considered a surprise.

Then again, he's not alone.

Ryan Johansen isn't helping much either.

Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby pace the Penguins in scoring with 24 and 20 points, respectively. Either way, it's a mismatch.

The Stanley Cup 2017 final series will kick off on Monday (May 29) at 8 PM in PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "I think (Matt) Cullen and I have just tried to win our face-offs - we've had a lot of D-zone starts - and get out of our zone and give Sid and Geno that offensive-zone time, which makes them so unsafe".

After a second-round playoff appearance and trading for P.K. Subban several weeks later last offseason, expectations for the Nashville Predators were perhaps the highest they've ever been entering a new season.

"They're definitely a fast puck-possession team", said Forsberg. He played all five games for Ottawa in 2007 against Anaheim. The star combination of Crosby, Malkin and Phil Kessel enter the finals with a combined 141 playoff goals.

Wilson also scored against the Senators in Game 5 and had numerous other chances in Game 6 but couldn't capitalize.

Yet Pittsburgh beat the Ottawa Senators in double overtime in Game 7 and Nashville eliminated the Anaheim Ducks in six to reach the Cup Final battered, bruised and unbowed after overcoming a bevy of injuries.

"More than anything, I think we were built in order to get to this point".

It wasn't just a memorable series on the ice for Rowney. "But we know that if we play our game and keep doing the things that got us here we can find success". "And when it does, when a team like ours puts itself in the position like we have, we have to maximize this opportunity". We've had that same mentality and that's helped us. He's pretty sound defensively. Each coached the American Hockey League's Providence Bruins, served on Boston's staff briefly and won the Cup in his second NHL coaching stint. "He's a competitive guy". Still, the Predators' hopes likely hinge on 34-year-old Pekka Rinne, who is 12-4 with a 1.70 goals-against average and a.941 save percentage in the postseason. "He'd have four (actually five, two as player, three as owner). I guess you could say I'm definitely happier". "After that, it dries out".

While the Predators have relied on Roman Josi, P.K. Subban, Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm for the bulk of the minutes, with Kris Letang out the Penguins' approach is more by committee. The focal point of Sullivan's game plan very well could be to slow the Nashville defense in the offensive zone.

Patric Hornqvist, who is a gametime decision (upper body injury) for game one, was the final pick of the NHL Draft in 2005 by the Predators and played for the team for six seasons, scoring 106 goals before the trade.