The Stanley Cup Finals start again in a few hours. Wow, that year went fast. The Wings and Penguins are both back to take another crack at each other and it should be a hell of a series. The Wings have the chance to be the first team to successfully defend their Stanley Cup Championship since they won back to back in 1997 and 1998. I believe they have a very good shot at doing so. The injury situation is a bit concerning as I always say you need three things to win the Cup: skill, health, and luck. Datsyuk and Draper are still out tonight but Lidstrom and Ericsson are back. That's great news for the defense because when you have dress Derek Meech you know things ae getting pretty desperate. Missing Datsyuk isn't as bad this year as it would have bene last year when he was second on the team in points in the playoffs. Franzen's been tearing it up again and Cleary's having an incredible playoffs and so is Filppula. They're picking up a lot of the slack from some others underachieving offensively. That could really work in the Wings' favor because if the Penguins focus on shutting them down that will leave more room for guys like Zetterberg and Hossa. And vice versa. But I'm sure the Penguins have learned a lot in the last year and they won't be surprised by anything like they were last year.
I am really sick of people comparing this series to the 1984 Finals between the Oilers and Islanders. I understand what they're trying to get at but I really don't think it fits. The Wings ae not as complacent as the Islanders and the Penguins are not as talented as the Oilers. Crosby + Malkin =/= Gretzky + Messier. That said, the Penguins definitely do have a better chance of beating the Wings this year than they did last year and Detroit will be in for one heck of a fight.
Okay, I guess that's all I have to say. Time to drop the puck.