I hope not. I would prefer to have two brand new contenders for the title, be it Washington, Columbus, Ottawa, Sharks, Wild, or Predators. Sharks vs Capitals would be my choice.
The Sharks vs Capitals final would be fantastic, but I don't understand why people would rather have new teams over Chicago or Pittsburgh in the Cup final. Would people rather have less entertaining hockey, but new teams in the cup finals? I'd rather not, although I'm of course biased on it. I think San Jose-Washington would be the most entertaining final, that's why I want it to happen.
Pens/Hawks fans seem to be ok with the idea. Everybody else hates it.
Boring, dull as **** hockey. People want stifling defensive hockey under 40 shots total and minimal scoring chances. This Hawks vs Pens talk makes me want to go to bed. Booooring. Give the people what they want for a change.
I think the answer is no simply due to the freaking Metro. Pens most likely playing CBJ or Washington in the first round. Their gift for being #2/3 best overall record in the NHL will be to play the #2/3 best overall record in the NHL.
Whatever teams comes out of that mess will only be half way there. Insane. So 2 of Pens/CBJ/Caps will be out of the playoffs before the ECF. And while that may look like a disappointment on paper, there's nothing they can do about it.
As for Chicago... I think their division is faltering and they are clearly the best team. But that WCF will not be easy.
The Pens are in injury hell right now. I have to say no not this year.
Injury hell is a bit of an overstatement. Malkin's day to day and skating, Letang isn't supposed to be out for too long either (the specifics with him are less clear, they say he isn't concussed though).