After a very thrilling Game 7 double overtime win over the Ottawa Senators, the Pittsburgh Penguins are back in the Stanley Cup final for a second straight year. Repeating as Cup champions isn’t an easy task as the Pens will be attempting to become the first team in the 2000’s to do so but oddsmakers open them as a modest -155 favorite to win this series over Nashville. As a team with the lowest regular-season point total to qualify for the playoffs, the Predators playoff run has been very cute so far. They might have every country music superstar jumping on their bandwagon, but Music City will be singing the blues by the time the Pens are done with them, and here’s why. Whether it’s losing their top goaltender for the first few rounds of the playoffs or Sidney Crosby almost getting decapitated versus the Capitals, this team continues to absolutely feast on adversity for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and a midnight snack. If adversity was a gigantic plate of hot dogs, then consider the Penguins Joey Chestnut, as nothing has been able to derail their quest for another Cup. They’ve overcome injuries and have been able to bounce back after poor performances and there’s no doubt in my mind that they’re the mentally tougher team and will be able to handle anything the Preds throw at them. The Pens are also getting back to their high-flying ways after seeing their fast-break style of hockey snuffed out for a big chunk of the playoffs. They out shot the Sens in the last four games of the series averaging almost 40 shots on net in those games. If they can do that versus the skilled defense of the Sens, I think they’ll be able to bring that into the Nashville series and it will be simply too much pressure for the inexperienced Predators to handle. Speaking of experience, history shows it plays a huge factor in the Cup Finals as only one of the last five teams making their first cup appearance went on to win it. So that should be all the evidence you need to take the Penguins to win the series – I’ll be taking them to win in 6. Have a blast watching the Stanley Cup final and as always keep chasing that paper.