San Jose Sharks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
So here we are, finally. After a long month and a half (what seems like a year) the Stanley Cup Finals start tonight. In December, everybody was saying how these were the two teams that would be battling for Lord Stanley. Jk. But I did predict the Penguins anyways from the Eastern conference side, and I declared in my first blog post how they were MY Sharks.
I’ve really loved what the Sharkies have done all throughout the playoffs. They’ve been putting pressure on their opponents in what seems like every game. It feels like they are always up early be it 1 or 2-0 really quick. Some games, they gave away which is still a big weakness of theres, but for the most part- they held their lead and held strong. Logan Couture has come back from injury and been a god damn beast along with Ole Joe and, P. Marleau and Joel Ward- the old guys are balling the fuck out. The Sharks are completely flat out unbeatable if those guys are playing at a really high level. Along with Pavelski and Burns, there hasn’t been one player who you can say has been underperforming.
For the Penguins, they haven’t had nearly the star power of any certain player, but have been grinding out wins with the help of different players every night. Even though Crosby and Malkin have been vastly underperforming, they’ve been getting a lot of help from the Kessell, Bonino and Hagelin line. You can make a case that they’ve been the most effective line this entire playoffs. One things the Pens HAVE to clear up before this series starts is who will be between the pipes. Obviously, Murray will be starting but with such a young kid- it seems as if he’s been feeling extra pressure to perform with Fleury breathing down his neck.
It should be a grinding series early but I really like the Sharks to break through and score a lot of goals early yet again to rattle the Pens. In my opinion, I don’t think the Pens have nearly the speed or line strength to keep up with the Sharks in this series.
I think Patrick and Joe finally get their first Cup after years and years of hard work.
San Jose in 5 games