Paul Stastny

History made clinching Western finals berth, Preds now rest

The Nashville Predators may have been the last team in the Western Conference this postseason. Now they're the NHL's first team to reach a conference final.

And the Predators believe they're only halfway through.

"The expectation is the Stanley Cup," Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban said. "I think we took a big step (Sunday) and obviously for this organization and this city, but that's not our ultimate goal. Our ultimate goal is to win a Stanley Cup. We worked really hard to put ourselves in a good position. There's still a lot of hockey left to be played."

The eighth-seeded team in the West, the Predators followed up a stunning sweep of the...