Pittsburgh Penguins: Get Out Your Brooms
On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Penguins have an opportunity to finish off the Carolina Hurricanes and head to their second consecutive Stanley Cup Finals. This series was deemed to have been a good chance of requiring a 7th game to decide the winner. However, so far the Hurricanes have just not showed up to play. Whether that is because of injuries or exhaustion no one knows. One thing is for certain though, this Penguins team is NOT the same team as last years. There are two reasons for this.
1) The obvious reason: different personnel. Obviously much has changed with this team when it comes to the players from last year and this year. Missing: Ryan Malone, Gary Roberts, Adam Hall, Marian Hossa, Ryan Whitney, Jarrko Ruutu, and Ty Conklin. Additions: Craig Adams, Bill Guerin, Ruslan Fedotenko, Miroslav Satan, and Chris Kunitz. These players not only bring their skills, but the experience that they have. Guerin, Fedotenko, Kunitz, and Adams all have Stanley Cup rings and plenty of experience with them. This has benefited the Penguins greatly and can not be overlooked.
2) The players that were on the Penguins last year when they lost The Cup to Detroit have grown greatly with experience. Crosby, Malkin, Staal, and Fleury have all shown the determination to make it back to the Stanely Cup Finals. Especially Crosby and Malkin have both exceled more than anyone could have ever thought.
If everything remains the same as it looks right now in the Conference Finals, there will be a repeat of last year’s Stanley Cup Finals. The Detroit Red Wings will own home ice against the Pittsburgh Penguins. However, Detroit will have an entirely different team to face this year. However, I do not want to get to far ahead of myself. The Pens still need to win one more game against the Canes to secure their spot in the Finals. The Hurricanes are a resilient team who should not ever be over looked.
One last note, I have no hard feelings for Marian Hossa who chose to turn down the Penguins multi-year offer for Detroits 1-year offer as he felt he had a “better chance of winning” the Stanley Cup with them. After all, if it wasn’t for him turning down that offer there would have been no way the Pens could have resigned Brooks Orpik or some of the other off season additions.. Hossa was a UFA with every right to go where he wanted to go. WIth that said, I can’t say how awesome it would be for the Penguins to defeat the Red Wings in the Finals to show him who the team with the “better chance of winning” is. Of course, it could always go the other way…enough with jumping ahead.
Let’s Go Pens!