The Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins are both fighting for the title of 2016-2017 Stanley Cup Champions.
The Penguins are leading the series 2-1, having won the first two games at home. Back in Nashville for Game 3, the Predators locked in a win and put themselves back on the board. The series continues with Game 4 in Nashville on Monday. Here are some of the key players from each team!
1. P.K. Subban
After Game 2, Subban promised the media a Game 3 win in Nashville. His confidence paid off when Nashville won big, beating the Penguins 5-1.
2. Filip Forsberg
The Predators heavily rely on Forsberg for offensive production. Their first line power play is based around his playmaking ability.
3. Roman Josi (Assistant Captain)
Along with being the most skilled defensemen on the team, Josi was also the most productive in the Game 3 win, with 1 goal and 2 assists.
4. Pekka Rinne (Goalie)
Rinne has statistically been the best goalie thus far in the playoffs. In his NHL career history against the Penguins, he is 0-7-2. This all changed in Game 3 when he notched his first win, only letting in 1 goal on 28 shots, ending with a .964 save percentage.
1. Sidney Crosby (Captain)
As captain of the team, Crosby’s motivation level is at an all-time high. This is his fourth time playing in the Stanley Cup Final, and he hopes to win the Cup for the third time. Crosby’s name is already considered amongst the all-time greats of hockey history.
2. Evgeni Malkin (Assistant Captain)
Malkin is currently leading the league in playoff points with a total of 26 points consisting of 9 goals and 17 assists. If Pittsburgh goes on to win the Stanley Cup, he will be considered the leading contender to win the Conn Smythe Trophy (MVP of the Playoffs).
3. Jake Guentzel
What a season for this rookie! Guentzel has earned a total of 13 goals in this year’s playoffs, more than anyone else in the league. He is just one goal away from tying NHL history for rookie goals in a playoff season!
4. Matt Murray (Goalie)
Just his second year in the NHL, Murray has already won the Stanley Cup once, and he’s hoping to win it for the second year in a row!