So the NHL finals are starting on Saturday.
I’m pretty stoked they’ll be starting early. If they had waited until next weekend to start, I don’t think I would have watched. Too much time in between the semifinals and the finals.
This promises to be an exciting series. The Pittsburgh Penguins will be looking for a little revenge against the Detroit Red Wings, the team that defeated them in the finals last year.
Interesting trivia: Detroit’s last four Cups have come from, in order, defeating the Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pens in this year’s playoffs have eliminated, in order, the Flyers, Caps and Hurricanes.
I think Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the rest of the team will get their revenge this year. Detroit may have more depth, but they need it because their stars aren’t producing (Nicklas Lidstrom is battling injuries, Pavel Datsyuk has disappeared, and Marian Hossa needed two and half rounds to get start performing).
I also think the Pens will be looking for revenge on Hossa, who left the team in the offseason so he could have a better chance at winning a Stanley Cup.
Look for Crosby and Malkin to come out like gangbusters, and to have great series, with Crosby winning the MVP trophy. If the Red Wings win the cup, I don’t know who could win the Conn Smythe there. Maybe Dan Cleary? Who knows?
Prediction: Penguins in 6.