The 2017 Stanley Cup Finals kicks off on Monday and is bound to be a thrilling series between reigning champion Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators.
The Penguins solidified their Finals spot when they defeated the Ottowa Senators 3-2 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. In double overtime, Chris Kunitz scored his second goal of the game -- positioning the Penguins to battle on the ice for what would be their fifth Stanley Cup win in franchise history.
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While Sidney Crosby and the Penguins dominantly enter the Finals as a force to be reckoned with, the Predators are the Cinderella story of the season. Entering the playoffs as an 8 seed, the likes of Mike Fisher, Ryan Johansen and Viktor Arvidsson have led their team to a stellar performance as they ready for the Finals.
Where the NBA Finals odds were set with a wider gap between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, oddsmakers predict a closer series between the Predators and Penguins. The Penguins are set at -155 with a 60 percent chance at taking the Cup, where the Predators are at +135 with a 42 percent shot at victory.
The full NHL Stanley Cup Finals schedule is as follows:
Game 1, Monday, May 29, 8:00 p.m., NBC
Game 2, Wednesday, May 31, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN
Game 3, Saturday, June 3, 8:00 p.m., NBCSN
Game 4, Monday, June 5, 8:00 p.m., NBC
Game 5*, Thursday, June 8, 8:00 p.m., NBC
Game 6*, Sunday, June 11, 8:00 p.m., NBC
Game 7*, Wednesday, June 14, 8:00 p.m., NBC
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