Pittsburgh looks defend its title while Nashville looks for its first ever. From Sidney Crosby to Carrie Underwood (yes, the country singer), here’s everything you need to watch for in this year’s Stanley Cup Final.
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PITTSBURGH — Teams can defend against fast players, big players and skilled players, but how do you scheme against driven players?
That may be the Nashville Predators’ biggest problem as they prepare to play the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final, starting Monday (8 p.m. ET, NBC).
“(Sidney Crosby) has a drive I don’t think I’ve ever seen anywhere,” Penguins teammate Matt Cullen said. “That ultimately is what has gotten him to the point he is at.”
Crosby has an opportunity to help his Penguins become the first NHL team to win back-to-back titles in 19 years. He has a chance to win his third Stanley Cup title in the salary cap era.
“He can sense where we’re at and he has a real grasp of the history of the game,” Cullen said. “Sid’s a guy who loves the game more than…