Stanley Cup Final: Game 7 Showdown

 

Game 7 Detroit vs Pittsburgh (Friday 8:00 p.m. est) The anticipation for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals is sky high as the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings will meet one last time in Game 7 at Joe Louis Arena, Friday night. There couldn’t be any better storylines as Sidney Crosby (the face of the league) looks for redemption and to claim his first Stanley Cup at the young age of 21. In Crosby’s way are the defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Detroit Red Wings who are looking to claim their 5th championship in 12 years. The home team in the Finals are 6-0 and home team’s are 12-2 in the history of Game 7’s in the Cup Finals. Detroit has showed its dominance at home in the playoffs posting a 11-1 record at home, including 3-0 at home in the Finals. For the first time since theRead More »

Media Blitz begins for Evgeni Malkin

 

Regardless of the outcome of the next two games, the Pittsburgh Penguins have begun a media blitz for Evgeni Malkin to get serious Conn Smythe Trophy consideration. The Conn Smythe Trophy is awarded to the most valuable player in the Stanley Cup playoffs and the award can go to a player on the winning team or the losing team. Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere was the 2003 Conn Smythe Trophy Winner, despite the Anaheim Ducks losing to the New Jersey Devils in seven games during the Cup Finals. 2003 was also the last year that the home team won every game in the Stanley Cup Finals. 2009 Top Candidates 1. PIT Evgeni Malkin (14g-21a-35pts-+2) – The playoffs points leader has been the most dominant player in the series aside from his antics in game 5. Malkin has 12 multi-point games in the playoffs and holds an 11 point edge overRead More »

Penguins have right of way in extended series

 

By Paul Ladewski When Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma talks about the importance of his team to play “The Right Way,” it’s code for an aggressive, up-tempo style designed to accentuate its youth and athleticism and tire opponents late in games. So far, so good. Not only did Penguins get back into the Stanley Cup Finals with back-to-back victories against the Red Wings at home, but they made considerable inroads in the war of attrition as well. In the four games thus far, the Penguins own a 43-25 advantage in shots on goal in the third period, which was fairly indicative of their edge in play. The Red Wings were some tired puppies late in games, a fact that even head coach Mike Babcock alluded to after Game 4 on Thursday evening. “Sometimes we can read too much into energy level, just because when a team gets going, it hasRead More »

For the Wings, health problems could be a factor against the Penguins

 

The Detroit Red Wings weren’t extended in the Western Conference finals, but they did encounter health problems that could be a factor against the Penguins in the next round. Center Pavel Datsyuk was sidelined in the final three games of the series, while defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom sat out the final two encourters. Lidstrom will play in the Stanley Cup Finals opener on Saturday night, but the status of Datsyuk and defenseman Jonathan Ericsson is uncertain at this time. Datsyuk and Lidstrom may be the two most important players on the Red Wings roster. Detroit is one of the deepest teams in the league, a fact that was apparent in the 2-1 overtime clincher against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night, but it would be hard-pressed to beat the Penguins with both players at significantly less than their best. Because there will be no open date between Games 1 and 2Read More »