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NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals is kicking off later today and simply put, it is a matchup we’ve all been hoping to see fighting for the title – the Pittsburgh Penguins and the San Jose Sharks. The two teams dominated during the regular season but were inches from being eliminated in the playoffs. In the end, however, we get to see the two best hockey teams in the world where they belong – in the Finals.
Probably the most interesting thing about these Finals, as the folks from Bleacher Report point out, is how incredibly similar the Sharks and the Penguins are – the young goalkeepers, the future Canadian Hall of Famers, deep and versatile benches, etc.
In our opinion, this series and this year’s champs are going to be decided by the battle of forwards. On one side, we have the first line of Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby and on the other, two Joes, Pavelski and Thornton.
The lines get less effective and impactful as we go down the pecking order, but we are still talking about lines that can be dominant. Guys like Phil Kessel, Patrick Marleau, Logan Couture, and Nick Bonino will be battling it out as well and it might just come down to these secondary and tertiary lines.
One thing is for sure, it’s going to be an explosive Stanley Cup Finals and we can’t wait for it to start!