This season's NHL Stanley Cup final will feature the Ottawa Senators and the Anaheim Ducks, two teams that seemed unlikely to make it at the beginning of the season. The Ducks are indebted to goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere for his hot playoff performance, while the Sens have relied on the goals and assists of Danny Heatley. It should be a great Stanley Cup, so get your tickets now!
The Stanley Cup playoffs are just around the corner, and that means the NHL is heating up. Both conferences are tightly contested, so the postseason is wide open for a team to go on a roll. Here is the lowdown on which teams have a shot at this year's Cup:1. Buffalo Sabres (Tickets)
The Sabres are really pouring it on as playoff season gets closer, thanks to the goals of Thomas Vanek and overall play of Daniel Briere. With one of the best records in the league, Buffalo is a hot favorite for the Stanley Cup.2. Nashville Predators (Tickets)
Led by Paul Kariya, the Preds are having an outstanding season. A very experienced squad should hold Nashville in good stead come playoff time, when younger teams may crack under the pressure.3. Detroit Red Wings (Tickets)
The Detroit Red Wings are a perennial powerhouse, and they always do well in the postseason. A rampant Pavel Datsyuk will almost certainly carry this team to the later rounds of the playoffs.4. New Jersey Devils (Tickets)
Behind experienced shot-stopped Martin Brodeur, New Jersey has a squad that's been together for a while, and that cohesiveness is invaluable at crunch time. The Devils can beat anyone on their day, and may be unstoppable if they gain momentum.5. Vancouver Canucks (Tickets)
Daniel and Henrik Sedin make the Canucks tick, and if the rest of the team can lift their game to the level of those two, the Canucks have a realistic chance of a Stanley Cup finals appearance.