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Captain status: Predators captain Mike Fisher, who missed the team’s past two playoff games, said Sunday that he has been cleared to return from an undisclosed injury. Nashville is still shorthanded at center against Pittsburgh without Ryan Johansen, but Fisher steadies the team’s depth at the position with his two-way ability. He and Colton Sissons will serve as the Predators’ top-six centers Monday.
Four victories against the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Final would make Pittsburgh the first franchise to win back-to-back championships in nearly 20 years and the first in the parity-driven salary cap era. It would give stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin their third Cup, one more than their boss — owner Mario Lemieux — earned during his Hall of Fame career and check off whatever boxes remain unchecked for a duo that is becoming one of the most accomplished in NHL history.o
Not their home-ice advantage. Not their massive edge in Stanley Cup Final experience (156 games vs. just five for the Predators, all by captain Mike Fisher while playing for Ottawa a decade ago). Not their ability under coach Mike Sullivan to thrive under the pressure that once seemed to crush them.