Little Fish in a Giant pond

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

And now for the showdown we've all been waiting for!!!

Well folks it's finally happened! The wings managed to pick themselves up by the bootstraps and muscle their way past the Stars! One thing's for sure, Dallas can be proud of their season! The big news however, is that we will finally get to see the clash between the two titans that have dominated the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs!

As much as I would love to say that the Penguins are totally going to destroy the Wings (I've said so before), I've been giving it some additional thought lately and I can't say that the series is as clear cut as all that.

Pittsburgh is young and hungry for a cup, and even their third line can can go on a scoring spree, but there's not a lot of experience there. Detroit on the other hand, has a lot of experienced players, no shortage of scoring power, plus a tight defence, but they only have the one line that can score. On top of that I still say Marc-André Fleury is a better goaltender than Chris Osgood, who hasn't been really tested during these series.

When it all comes down to it, I think that Pittsburgh's offence will ultimately just be too much for Detroit to handle, and the superior goaltending will make a difference for the Pens, but this will still be a hard fought series. Pittsburgh in seven. (Expect a lot of OT)

2 Comments:

  • Pittsburgh's players have amazed me by how MATURE and CONSISTENT ( very important in the playoffs) they played. They can play any style: tight checking physical games or run-and-gun games.

    Detroit plays an amazing ( I've never seen anything quite like it ) puck possession game where the other teams ALWAYS seem to be slow AND never in the possession of the puck. Lidstrom is the best defensemen out there and one of the besf OF ALL TIMES ( with Bobby Orr, Bourque, Leetch)

    Pittsburgh has some cup experience in Gary Roberts and Petr Sykora ( with the Devils).

    Detroit can win this thing because of how they play hockey, but they will need more support than simply Zetterberg and Datsyuk ( as great as they have played).

    Playing Making, Crosby is not an easy task, even for an experienced defense.

    I hope this is a good series as I've found the 2008 playoffs surprisingly dull.

    Pittsburgh in 6 ( if it goes to 7, the wings will win it on home ice)

    By Blogger Marc-AndrĂ© Mongeon, at 12:06 PM  

  • That's sound like a pretty smart assessment of the series, but I still say Pittsburgh in seven.

    I have a strong feeling that the finals will be much more interesting than the previous series!

    By Blogger Fish, at 10:02 AM  

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