One of the most underrated aspects of the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators Eastern Conference Final series is the contrast between coaches Mike Sullivan and Guy Boucher. You have one famous for turning the Pittsburgh Penguins into a high-octane fast-skating team, and the other infamous for grafting the 1-3-1 defensive system onto the Senators’ skeleton like boring adamantium. You have one who sounds like a classic rock station when he talks, and the other who sounds like an emo song.
The Nashville Predators made history on Monday night, beating the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals and advancing to their first Stanley Cup Final in team history. It’s a momentous occasion for the franchise and for the City of Nashville, but the work isn’t done just yet. With four more wins, the Preds can bring Lord Stanley’s Cup to Tennessee with a parade down Broadway. They learned their opponent on Wednesday night after a thrilling Game 7 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators. The Pens won the East for the second straight year, and they’ll continue their Cup defense against the Preds in the Final. Nashville will wait a full week between games, as the 2017
The Vancouver Canucks announced on Friday that they have signed free agent defenseman Philip Holm to a one-year, entry-level contract. Before signing with the Canucks Holm had been rumored to be on the verge of joining the Toronto Maple Leafs, but that obviously did not come together. “Philip is a mobile, two-way defenseman who adds depth to our blue line,” said Canucks general manager Jim Benning in a statement released by the team.