Previewing, predicting Penguins vs. Canadiens


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Conor Sheary and Jason Zucker get served in Toronto. - NHL

At first blush, the Penguins-Canadiens matchup in the NHL's qualifying round seems like a severe mismatch.

Looks that way at second blush, too.

And third, for that matter.

The Penguins are, by almost any measure, clearly superior, and are a predictably popular choice to eliminate the Canadiens and advance to Round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Still, Montreal is going to show up when the series begins Saturday night at Toronto's Scotiabank Arena, fully intent on being more than just a best-of-five formality for its opponent. And the Penguins have lost to enough underdogs, including Montreal in 2010, over the years to know that anything is possible.

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