Gotta get by the Flyers first but really, they've shown me nothing.
Matt, you beat me to the point. Fluery and Conklin were facing 35+ shots a game in the regular season. Since Hossa has been a regular; well maybe the experienced guy taught the kids the importance of playing both ends of the ice.
I haven't seen the Wings play this year so I can't really evaluate the match-ups but remember how I started this thread:
Originally Posted by Laurel Hill Crazie
A web site for winter sports enthusiast and no jibber jabber about hockey? OK, I'll start. It says right here that the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to take the Stanley Cup. (You didn't see that coming now did you?)
With Malkin, Crosby and Stall they've got great strength up the middle not to mention the most exciting young talent in the league. The deadline trade that brought Hossa and Dupuis to play with Crosby has the potential to be a fantastic scoring line to go with Malkin, Malone and Sykora. I can't think of a team so deep in offense. I would consider Crosby's line to be the #2 line because they've not played together but one game.
What really has me believing is the Pen's defensive play. Not only great defense in Gonchar, Scuderi, Orpick, Gill, Letang and really good goalies in Fluery and Conklin but the offense plays great D also. I'd mention Whitney but he's been moved to wing for inconsistent defensive play.
The only thing that will stop this team is their inexperience but they should have learned from last year and the level of play they've faced down the stretch this year.
Let's Go Pens!
The Pens have answered my concerns about inexperience. This team will not be intimidated by the Wings or the fact that they're playing to engraved their names on the base of the Cup. Perhaps they're just too young to know any better.
The only weakness I see in the Pen's game is their face-off.