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NHL finals prediction

So the NHL finals are starting on Saturday.

Hayden Panettiere must be Canadian, because she sure loves the Stanley Cup.

Hayden Panettiere must be Canadian, because she sure loves the Stanley Cup.

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.

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Stanley Cup finals prediction

Okay, so we’re down to the final two in the NHL playoffs. The Detroit Red Wings against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

I was originally torn on who to cheer for, until I remember one thing. No Newfoundlander has ever had his name on the Stanley Cup. Daniel Cleary, from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, is playing for the Red Wings. Of course I have to cheer for them. Hopefully, this will be the year Detroit wins the Cup.

Now that I know who to cheer for, I still need to figure out who’s going to win. The Pens have more balanced scoring, while the Red Wings have a better defence.

I can see this being a learning year for the Pens. A lot of the Red Wings players have been there before (Lidstrom, Chelios, Osgoode, Datsyuk, etc.), while for a lot of the Pens, it’s their first time. It reminds me of the 1983 Cup finals, when the experienced Islanders defeated first-timers Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers used that as a learning tool, and won the Cup four of the next five years.

So with all that being said, I think Detroit will win it in five games. Just watch out for Crosby and company for the next few years.

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