The battle between the Penguins and the Canadians is sure to turn some heads. With Pittsburgh being heavy favorites, many will be tuning in to see if  Montreal can keep up. Despite the Canadians playing two more games, the Penguins finished 15 points ahead. Setting up a real David and Goliath match-up.

Pittsburgh Penguins 

In Pittsburgh making the playoffs is nothing special. Holding the leagues longest active streak, the Penguins make it an almost  guarantee that they will be in the postseason. Last year, despite being back too back champions, the Penguins were swept. After the early exit, many began to feel it was the beginning of the end. With aging stars and a tight cap it looked like Crosby and co were on their last leg.

Their response? wining 40 out of their 69 games. The Penguins went on a tear all season. Malkin led the team with 74 points while the goalie tandem of Murray and Jarry each had 20 wins. Whats more impressive is that this was all done while being hit hard by the injury bug. Both Crosby and Guentzel were out for large chunks of the season. There is no doubt the Penguins will be heading out to prove last years first round exit was a fluke.

Montreal Canadians 

No team benefited more with the 24 team format then Montreal did. With 11 games remaining, the Canadians were 10 points behind the last wild card spot.  The Canadians seemed destined to continue their playoff drought. The Canadians only had two player score 20 plus goals this season. Tomas Tatar led them in points with 61.

Despite this season not being one to remember, the Canadians could give the Penguins a run for their money. It will all come down to how well Carey Price plays. Price finished the season 27-25-6, far below his career highs. He however was their clear MVP as nine times this season he finished as the first star in the game. When on his game, Price is no doubt the best goalie in the NHL.

Prediction

I firmly believe that the Penguins will win this series in a sweep. The fire power on display in Pittsburgh will be to much to handle. Even with Price in net, the Canadians roster just can’t compete. Price might be able to steal one game but I don’t see that happening. Many of you may think I’m not giving Montreal any credit but let me remind you, Detroit swept their season series. Montreal’s time in the bubble will be very short.