5 Bold Predictions For San Jose Sharks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins In 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final

By Timothy Downs

With the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final just days away, it’s time to look ahead to what should be a spectacular series. Both the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins are playing phenomenal hockey, but only one team can lift Lord Stanley’s Cup once all is said and done. Find out what to expect with these five bold predictions.

5 Bold Predictions For San Jose Sharks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins In 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Final
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5. Sidney Crosby Nowhere To Be Found

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Sidney Crosby hasn't be able to score many goals at even strength this postseason, and his slump projects to continue into the Stanley Cup Final. Unable to overcome the relentless pressure put on him by San Jose, Crosby will be rendered irrelevant.

5. Sidney Crosby Nowhere To Be Found

Sidney Crosby hasn't be able to score many goals at even strength this postseason, and his slump projects to continue into the Stanley Cup Final. Unable to overcome the relentless pressure put on him by San Jose, Crosby will be rendered irrelevant.

4. Martin Jones Stands On His Head All Series

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Martin Jones came through in the clutch for San Jose in Game 7 against St. Louis, stopping 24 of 26 shots. Expect Jones to carry momentum from his strong conference play into the finals, giving the Sharks an edge over the Penguins.

4. Martin Jones Stands On His Head All Series

Martin Jones came through in the clutch for San Jose in Game 7 against St. Louis, stopping 24 of 26 shots. Expect Jones to carry momentum from his strong conference play into the finals, giving the Sharks an edge over the Penguins.

3. Matt Murray Pulls Vanishing Act When It Matters The Most

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Matt Murray has been solid thus far in the playoffs, but playing on hockey's biggest stage will prove to be too much for the inexperienced 22-year-old. Pittsburgh will ultimately be forced to rely on Marc-Andre Fleury, who will play poorly as well.

3. Matt Murray Pulls Vanishing Act When It Matters The Most

Matt Murray has been solid thus far in the playoffs, but playing on hockey's biggest stage will prove to be too much for the inexperienced 22-year-old. Pittsburgh will ultimately be forced to rely on Marc-Andre Fleury, who will play poorly as well.

2. San Jose Defeats Pittsburgh In Six Games

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The Penguins are an incredibly fast team, but the Sharks possess immense speed as well. The lack of production from Sidney Crosby coupled with Martin Jones' play will doom Pittsburgh, and the Sharks will cement a series victory at home in Game 6.

2. San Jose Defeats Pittsburgh In Six Games

The Penguins are an incredibly fast team, but the Sharks possess immense speed as well. The lack of production from Sidney Crosby coupled with Martin Jones' play will doom Pittsburgh, and the Sharks will cement a series victory at home in Game 6.

1. Joe Pavelski Scores Five Goals, Wins Conn Smythe Trophy

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Joe Pavelski has been virtually unstoppable during the postseason, having scored 13 goals to this point. Expect him to shine with everything on the line, scoring another five goals and cementing the coveted Conn Smythe Trophy.

1. Joe Pavelski Scores Five Goals, Wins Conn Smythe Trophy

Joe Pavelski has been virtually unstoppable during the postseason, having scored 13 goals to this point. Expect him to shine with everything on the line, scoring another five goals and cementing the coveted Conn Smythe Trophy.

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