Friday, May 12, 2017
Eastern Conference finals preview: Ottawa Senators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Why you have to watch: The Penguins, who won the Stanley Cup last year, have kept their hopes of repeating alive by slaying two of the best teams in the NHL in the first two rounds. But they enter the Eastern Conference finals beat up and held together more by sheer will and determination than anything else. ... The Senators clearly have something special going this spring, thanks to their fiery coach, inspirational goalie and a trap that has successfully frustrated nearly every team they've played. ... The series features the best player on Earth (Sidney Crosby) and the best defenseman on Earth (Erik Karlsson). That alone makes it must-watch. ... Karlsson has been terrific this postseason, and conference finals stage should give the Swede even more of an opportunity to shine. He has 13 points in 12 playoff games, while playing nearly 29 minutes per game. No other defenseman has reached double digits in playoff points.