The Stanley Cup Final is set! It’s the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners of three Stanley Cups, their most recent in 2009, versus the San Jose Sharks in their first ever Finals appearance. Rachel and Steven both wear their hearts on their teal sleeves during this episode in cheering for the Sharks and their ragtag band of beards, although both realize that the Penguins are a formidable opponent indeed. Also, the World Cup of Hockey rosters were finalized, and what’s not to love about the Team North America roster? Gostisbehere, Nugent-Hopkins, and Auston Matthews all made the team, which has already won over both Hockey Feels hosts. Bring on September! But first – bring on the Stanley Cup Final!
It’s the Conference Finals! And not only do we have one not-quite-underdog-but-underachieving-franchise in the West, we have two! Both the Blues and Sharks are looking to eviscerate past playoff failures, while past champions Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh duke it out in the East. We also talk about Ovechkin’s choice to play for Russia in the World Championships, the coaching vacancies still present in Anaheim and Calgary, and the retirement of former New York Riveters goalie Jenny Scrivens.
Another exciting week this week in the NHL, with the Lightning punching their ticket to the Conference Finals, the Sharks, Blues, and Penguins each needing one more win to do the same, and the coaching carousel finding homes for Bruce Boudreau and Guy Boucher in Minnesota and Ottawa, respectively. Perhaps the most exciting news of the week, on a personal note, is that both Connor McDavid and Shayne Gostisbehere were announced as finalists for the Calder Trophy, to be handed out in late June in Las Vegas.
NHL Draft Lottery! The second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs! The Blues and the Sharks achieving playoff success! All sorts of topics for Rachel and Steven to dive into this week, and so they did, discussing Toronto’s impending #1 overall draft pick, and how they think the playoffs are going.