Nashville Predators players celebrate after scoring a goal against the Anaheim Ducks in the third period of Game 6 of the Western Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Monday, May 22, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. The Predators won 6-3 to win the series 4-2 and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. It should, perhaps, come as no surprise that the team which has only played 16 games in this postseason as it rumbled to its first-ever Stanley Cup Final should be seen as a favorite. You look at the basic numbers and you say, “Oh yes, this is a dominant team.” Four losses, only three in regulation, out of 16 games is a really good number.
Kyle Dubas, who is reportedly being courted by the Colorado Avalanche, was Brendan Shanahan’s first hire with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2014. The Maple Leafs appear to have gotten cold feet over the possibility of losing assistant GM Kyle Dubas. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman said Friday morning that the Maple Leafs have rescinded their decision to let Dubas interview for a job with the Colorado Avalanche (presumably for GM, although Joe Sakic currently holds that title) only three days after reportedly green-lighting the process.
Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer Close Senior NHL writer for ESPN The Magazine Wrote for Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wrote for The Sporting News Follow on Twitter PITTSBURGH -- It's a play they've made so many times together that Sidney Crosby didn't need to see much to know Chris Kunitz wanted the puck. There was brief eye contact, but the way Kunitz was holding his stick signaled he was ready. Crosby had just retrieved a pass from along the boards and was skating toward Kunitz when he started to raise his stick slightly in anticipation. "He wanted the puck," Crosby said. "He stopped in that area. He wanted to let one rip. I don't know how much he got on it, but he put it in the right spot."