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by buckeyehoppy » Mon Sep 29, 2008 12:44 am
by bowl » Mon Nov 17, 2008 11:26 pm
by buckeyehoppy » Fri Jun 05, 2009 12:30 am
buckeyehoppy wrote:Stanley Cup Finals: Detroit v. Pittsburgh“The Rematch” is set. The Pens are a fairly obvious choice in the East, although I expect that the road to these finals will be bumpier for them this time around. But they will have proved, by getting this far again, that getting through the East won't be a cakewalk in the future if the road goes through Pittsburgh.The West is already a meatgrinder compared to the East. That's perhaps the agent that leavens the bread for the team that wins the conference. The Wings will find that out first hand this year. Their road to the finals won't be a smooth as last year. But getting through the teams they'll beat to get this far will give them loads of confidence, not that they would need much in the first place...they're the defending champions.This matchup will go the distance this time. It's will be hard to tell with these two teams how getting this far in the tournament two years in a row will affect them in this battle of wills. Some will say the younger legs would have the advantage, favoring the Pens. Still others will say that experience gives the leg up instead and improves the will, favoring the Wings.I am sure that the team with home ice in this matchup (i.e. the team that wins the Presidents' Trophy) will host the Game 7. I feel that even though the Pens come from a weaker conference, they will emerge from a much stronger division overall than the Wings. That will make all the difference in the Wings winning the Presidents' Trophy this season. Even though the Wings had their roughest times last season in their own division, they pretty much ruled every one else. I think the Wings do the opposite this time around.They'll host Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals and the Detroit Red Wings will lift the Cup again in June.
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