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Stanley Cup 2017: X-factors that could swing Penguins vs. Predators series

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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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The Stanley Cup Final puts star power on display. It’s where great players become legends.

This year’s matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators is no different.

Players like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, P.K. Subban, Phil Kessel, Pekka Rinne and Filip Forsberg have been doing heavy lifting for their teams for years. But every championship series sees the emergence of X-factors that can turn the tide.

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Here are five that could change the outcome of the Final:

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