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Who to root for in the Stanley Cup Final?

May 27, 2017, by

Hopefully by this point we’ve all come to terms and accepted our beloved Blueshirts’ early and unfortunate playoff exit, enabling us to once again enjoy the game of hockey for what it is. It’s been a couple of weeks, and lucky for us there’s still some great playoff action to be enjoyed.

Rejoining the rest of the hockey world for the Stanley Cup Final might be tough however if you aren’t sure which team to support. If you find yourself struck by this deep existential conundrum, look no further, because I’ve got you covered.

Why root for the Preds?

The first reason is nice and simple: the city of Nashville has embraced hockey unlike perhaps any other expansion city, with the city-wide joy plainly evident and the fans loud and raucous both inside the arena and out. Wouldn’t it be cool if a fandom that dedicated and energized by the game got to meet its ultimate prize? There would be literally nothing better for Nashville as a hockey town than a Stanley Cup victory, and there is no doubt that the fans there would appreciate it.

The next reason is also pretty obvious: PK Subban and the rest of the Nashville blueline. Subban’s trade from the Montreal Canadiens was anything but pretty, with Montreal media makig every possible excuse to spin it like it was a rational, and totally not absurd thing to do. We’ve heard that it was a “win now” move for Montreal, we’ve heard about PK’s alleged character deficiencies (which is strange considering his multi-million dollar donation to a children’s hospital and generally affable personality, but I digress), we’ve heard literally every excuse but they’re just that – excuses. Subban has excelled in Nashville, becoming the team’s first bona fide superstar and the first black superstar this league has ever really seen. He’s a great ambassador for the game and winning a Cup would cement his legacy as one of the all-time greats. That’s not even getting to rest of the Nashville defensive group, which is perhaps the best in the league. Seriously. If you can’t find a single reason on this team’s backend to cheer them on, I just don’t know y’all.

Third, following the freak injury to Ryan Johansen, they’re something of an underdog, and it would be really nice if they won it for their teammate, who’s dealing with a bizarre and scary medical issue in acute compartment syndrome. If you don’t know what that is, look it up and be glad you’ve never encountered it before. Winning it for guys who are injured is always nice, doubly so when the injury is as crazy and serious as Johansen’s.

Lastly, you might want to cheer for the Preds if you’re a normal, decent human being and not a soulless Penguins fan.

Why root for the Penguins?

Let’s get the two most obvious reasons out of the way: Sydney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are binary stars in a whole nother galaxy from everyone else. Each of them individually would be probably the best player ever to play for any given team, and the fact that the two of them are on the same squad is just absurd. They do things others just can’t do, night in, night out. It’s hard not to appreciate the kind of hockey they play – in fact I’d say it’s impossible.

Along the lines of the PK Subban “most likable guy” reason to root for the Preds is the “Phil Kessel is great” reason to root for the Penguins. He’s a cancer survivor, he’s put up with a ton of crap throughout his career, and oh yeah, he’s an offensive dynamo. His wrister is simply too much to believe, with that quick release and crazy accuracy. He skates well, passes well, and is a real deal finisher. Combine that with the fact that he’s one of the most righteous dudes in the game, and well.

This one is more big picture, but you might want to root for the Penguins if you’re into seeing feats of longevity in sports. Dynastic episodes in sports are just cool, doubly so when they’re just straight up repeats. Like the Yankees of the late 90s, the Bulls of the early 90s, or the Spanish national soccer team of the mid-2000s, the Penguins have the chance to do something really special by being the first team to win back to back Stanley Cups in the salary cap era. It would cement several players’ legacies as among the greats, and certainly make a case for the team as being among the best ever to win the Cup.

Finally, you might want to root for the Penguins if you hate good things.

If it wasn’t already clear I’m all aboard the Predators bandwagon. Let’s go Preds and happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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21 comments

  1. Jerry says:

    WITHOUT QUESTION, the Predators!

    • ANGRY WIENER DOG STAMPEDE says:

      “Why root for the Penguins?”

      _______

      Well, there’s only a few good reasons I can think of. Number one is the most obvious, which is, you’re from there.

      Two, your name is Pierre (& you’ve managed to fool some NBC executives into thinking you belong on TV).

      Three, you’re being held hostage in an Amish barn by a deranged local dressed up as their mascot.

      • Walt says:

        Angry

        Please don’t disparage the Amish, they also root against the Cindy led Pens. I’ve had enough of them, and the favoritism demonstrated by the NHL officials to protect the other pus*y in the league!!!!!!!!!! You see they have one as well, but she can play, unlike Daisy!!!!!!!!!

        • ANGRY WIENER DOG STAMPEDE says:

          That’s a good point; Amish people probably have too much sense to resort to penguinism.

        • Jamie says:

          Protected by the league? Either you don’t actually watch any of the games the pens play or you don’t understand one thing about the game of hockey. If the abuse Crosby and Malkin took on the ice every game without a single penelty being called took place on the street it would be called assult plain and simple. I’m not saying sometimes they don’t get calls their way either …They do…All stars of the game do but not anywhere near the abuse they take. Hate the pens, hate Crosby and Malkin all you want it’s your right as a fan but anyone can see that they are not protected just ask Brandon dubinski or Matt Niskanen just to name 2.

          • Walt says:

            I beg to differ, you may have seen a few games and the bias didn’t manifest itself. Take my word for it, I live in central Pa, get Root, and Comcast, NHL package, and get to see plenty of the Pens, and Filthadelphia, and Cindy. She gets a hell of a lot of calls all season long. I’ve been a fan of the Rangers for over 60 years, I know a thing or two about hockey my man, or lady, not sure with the name. That is not meant to be an insult by the way!!!!!!!!!!

            • Richter1994 says:

              The “tripping” call that was called against the Isles that basically lost them the series a couple of years ago was a disgrace.

              And the Phaneuf “interference” call this past series that basically won that series was pretty weak too.

              • Walt says:

                Richter

                Please tell that to Jamie, maybe we don’t understand anything about the game!!!!!!!!!

                During the course of the season,or even when we play the Pens, how many times have rinky dink calls been make against any team playing against Cindy???????? The NHL is trying to showcase the guy…………..

  2. Bloomer says:

    Other then Sulley who I believe is a class act coach, I have no reason to cheer on the Penguins. Their roster is comprised of whiny primadonnas’.

    The Preds on the otherhand, are a band of brothers and every player brings it when they step on the ice. They have grown as a team and will be a formidable opponent for Pittsburgh. Go Nashville!

  3. wwpd says:

    Is this even a question? I couldn’t root for the Pens even if the entire team was 18 Carl hagelins at forward and D and two puppies playing goaltender.

    Also, happy to see Pekka Rinne having a huge run, was underrated at his peak before his game dropped off a bit.

  4. Mintgecko says:

    This reminded me of watching my old high school team when the girls would take on the ice. Low key I could care less who wins but I just wanted to see some great back and forth action and pace to the game. By default I wanted my girls team to win just like how I want to see Pittsburgh keep the cup back home in the East. I expect Neill to take runs all over the ice but I also expect Malkin to do the same while dangling in and out for a few more goals in this series. I’m more of a fan of captain America (Fisher) game but overall I think this will be a much more entertaining finals than when San Jose represented the West.

  5. Leetchie Nut says:

    Screw that! U don’t root for another team. U just wait til The Cup gets presented and savor that moment. That’s it…

  6. Richter1994 says:

    Should be obvious. Where’s the sarcasm font when you need it?

  7. roadrider says:

    I’m not really rooting for either team. I may watch some of the series.

  8. Reenavipul says:

    If I’m Bergevin, I do that deal in a minute. I’d be wrong, but I’d do it. It’s almost like the Stepan situation. You have a talented guy on a long term deal with a NTC about to kick in.

    If you believe in him, then you don’t do it. If you have doubts on whether he’s your guy to get you to the promised land, then you deal him. Better that than a bad marriage.

    Montreal can deal him down the line, keep half the salary, then when he gets bought out for the 20-21 season or later(to escape cap recapture) it only costs you $500k in cash and a bit of a hairy cap hit a couple of years after you probably got fired.

  9. Al Hirschen says:

    RUMOR: Rangers on their way to sign a talented 21-year-old Left Winger?

    An early report from Russian Prospect suggests, the 21 year old Left Winger Vladimir Tkachyov (@hcadmiral, KHL) will attend New York Rangers’ development camp this summer.

    Hockey’s Future scouting report describes him as follows:

    “Although small, Tkachyov is a dynamic offensive talent. An explosive skater and a wizard with the puck, he is just beginning to scratch the surface of his immense potential. Oodles of skills and game-breaking ability, the outstanding question is whether he can round out his game and get stronger.”

    Tkachyov played 49 games with Vladivostok Admiral in the KHL last season. He scored 14 goals and registered 25 assists for a total of 39 points.

  10. JAKE says:

    Preds alll day!

  11. Stevem says:

    GO PREDS!!!!!! Can’t bear to see ratboy skate around with the cup again