Hornqvist set to return for Pens, Fisher for Preds in Game 1

Tiger Woods attributed an "unexpected reaction" to prescription medicine for his arrest on a DUI charge that landed him in a Florida jail Monday for almost four hours. The series will likely hinge on who wins that All-Star matchup.

There are no simple solutions.

Kunitz one-timed a pass from Conor Sheary in tight to make it 1-0 at 9:55 of the second period as the winger scored a first goal in his last 22 playoff games. "They have four Karlssons", said Malkin.

Penguins forward Phil Kessel knows all about being scrapped by a big-market Canadian team and traded in his prime. "Probably the least two defensemen talked about, based on the top four being who they are, but I think they've done an fantastic job defensively", Laviolette said. I'm ready to play.

If you're not rooting for P.K. Subban at this point in his career, I don't know what to tell you. "I know it'll be hard". That gave the Predators the most skilled and offensively active blue line in the league, adjusting to the NHL's shift toward speed with efficient zone exits and entries.

None measure up individually to Karlsson, the two-time Norris Trophy victor who near single-handedly willed the Senators to within one with of a Final berth over a common opponent in the Penguins.

Penguins: Matt Murray looks fully recovered from the groin injury he sustained in the warmup before Game 1 of the first round. He has yet to give up more than two goals in a game.

During the regular season Nashville ranked 11th in scoring (2.90 g/g) and has continued that trend with 2.94 goals per game in the playoffs - good for second place just behind Pittsburgh (3.05). After Trotz had been the team's only coach for the first 16 seasons of their history, the Predators announced he wouldn't be returning for another one. Pittsburgh was without starting goaltender Matt Murray (CAN) until the Eastern Conference Finals and all-star defenceman, Kris Letang (CAN), has been out for the entire postseason.

Crosby said he was motivated more by the opportunity to win than any history at stake. If Pittsburgh wins, the league the Red Wings play in will continue to be locked in a quasi-dynastic-but-not-really holding pattern that lacks any real surprise because the same damn teams keep winning over and over. I've done a lot of things in that community and they have supported me since the day I was drafted.

"Having two American coaches lead their team in the Stanley Cup Final highlights the continued growth and evolution of the sport in our country", USA Hockey executive director Dave Ogrean said. No Cup champion in the salary cap era that began in 2005-06 has led the playoffs in power-play percentage.

The next two charts - which come from Own The Puck - compare the four defensemen we spoke about on the Nashville blue line. Nashville is still shorthanded at center against Pittsburgh without Ryan Johansen, but Fisher steadies the team's depth at the position with his two-way ability. He delivered a legendary performance as the Preds' de facto No. 1 center in Game 6 against the Ducks, notching a hat trick.

The Penguins may be at home, but the Predators have been accustomed to winning on the road. "But I think my sense of being around Geno is that his priorities are just trying to help this team win and trying to accomplish our team goals, which ultimately is a Stanley Cup". "What I love about our group is I believe we have the type of team that can have success against our opponent regardless of who our opponent it is".

Crosby set up Kunitz's series victor against the Senators and had six points over the final five games of the series.