7 reasons Capitals fans should root for Predators in Stanley Cup Final
7 Reasons Capitals fans should be rooting for the Predators
The 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final is all set. If you're a Capitals fan, you should be cheering for the Predators. Why? Here's why.
7.. David Poile
Poile served as the Capitals general manager for fifteen seasons before leaving to take the same position with the then-expansion Predators and hired Barry Trotz as the franchise’s first head coach. He is the longest tenured general manager in the NHL and is the only GM in NHL history to be with two teams for over 1,000 games and 500 wins.
Poile was a major reason why the Capitals' franchise did an "about-face" in the early 1980's and found success for nearly two decades, becoming a marquee team in the Eastern Conference.
He's taken expansion team from a non-hockey city and turned it into one of the most competitive teams in the Western Conference,and now, Western Conference Champions.
Washington, D.C. is America's greatest city, but if we remove the nation’s capital from the equation, it is hard to go against Nashville as the best city in the country. In fact, it's hard to pick another city that can stack up against Nashville.
The music, the barbecue, the southern hospitality. Nashville is great. It’s the best.
If you haven;t been, go. Go three hundred times.
On top of that, Bridgestone Arena has been one of the best playoff environments this postseason because it is always a party.
Have fun and root for Nashville, both the team and the city.
5. World-class goaltending
Braden Holtby was the NHL’s top goaltender in 2016 and is in the running for a second consecutive Vezina Trophy.
If you’ve watched the playoffs at all, you know just how good Pekka Rinne has been. But it's not just the playoffs. Rinne has been a top-flight goaltender for a long, long time and has used the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs to put his incredible skills on display.
Rinne boasts a .941 playoff save percentage, and has two shutouts this postseason. If you're still yearning for some spectacular goaltending, Rinne is your guy and the Predators are your team.
4. Barry Trotz
Before going the Capitals in 2014, Trotz spent 15 seasons as the Predators head coach.
He was the franchise’s first head coach and led the team to their first seven playoff appearances. Barry Trotz is a good coach and a likeable guy. He's also easy to root for.
Root for his former team.
3. P.K. Subban
There are few players on par with Alex Ovechkin when it comes to sheer entertainment. But Predators' defenseman P.K. Subban is one of those few.
He likes having fun, and he is very good at it. He was shipped out of Montreal because people did not like that he always had a smile on his face and appeared to be too carefree. In case you're wondering what the Canadiens are up to right now, they're not playing in the Stanley Cup Final and Subban is.
But he's not just entertaining on the ice. He's just as cool off it. He’s donated over $10 million to the Montreal Children’s Hospital and became an instant fan favorite in Nashville, embracing the city, it's fans and having fun in his new home.
2. They face the Penguins
If you’ve gotten through this list and don’t agree with any of our reasons, No. 2 will surely resonate.
The Capitals’ fiercest rivals are gunning for back-to-back Stanley Cup titles, and the Predators are the last team standing in their weay.
If you can’t find another reason to root for the Predators, then root against the Penguins.
1. Filip Forsberg
We know. We know.
But just hear us out for one second.
The Capitals traded Forsberg, the No. 11 overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, to the Predators in 2013 for Martin Erat and Michael Latta. Forsberg has become arguably the Predators’ best player and both Erat and Latta are no longer with the Capitals.
It is time to let it go.
Every team makes a trade they wish they could take back. But they can’t. Is it both awesome and sickening to imagine Forsberg in a Capitals' sweater? Absolutely. But if there's one thing Washington, D.C. fans have to learn to do is forget about history. Forget about 19 years of not even making the Eastern Conference Final and forget about a trade that the Capitals would like to have back.
Instead, lets be happy for Forsberg. Let's be happy that he's getting a chance to take down Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins. Be happy that the Capitals have their fingerprints all over the Predators, andbe happy that team is playing for the Stanley Cup.
It's not the Capitals, but it's close.