Pittsburgh Penguins: Only 4 More Wins Needed
The Pittsburgh Penguins have returned to the Stanley Cup Finals and will have a rematch of last year’s Finals against the Detroit Red Wings. For the Red Wings, many believed they would have no problem making it back to the Cup, but not so much can be said about the Penguins. Many people had counted this team out midway through the year as they were sitting in 10th place in the Eastern Conference. The Pens have shown pure determination to get back to where they are. They are looking for redemption and have another shot.
This Penguins team is obviously much different than last years. Many would say this team is actually less talented than last years. This Pens team went through a more difficult offseason and regular season for that matter. What has changed between this year and last? One word: Health. With the exception of Sergi Gonchar who is still working on getting back to 100%, the Pens do not have any major injuries. The Red Wings are not as lucky. No, they don’t have major injuries, but they are certainly looking a little beat up after the Semi-Conference Finals against Anaheim went 7 games.
This series will be a test of determination for the Pens. Let’s face it, the Detroit Red Wings are one of the best, if not the best, franchise in the NHL. This team is a dangerous one with a hell of a lot talent on it. Players look to take pay cuts just to stay on this team. For the Penguins to have a chance at this series they are going to have to play harder than they had all season and post-season.
I do feel like the Penguins got the better end of the deal after Detroit took care of Chicago in 5 games. This pushed up the Stanley Cup Finals from starting June 5th to May 30th. The Red Wings team is beat up and needed the rest. I also believe that the back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday benefit the Penguins more than Detroit.
To be the best you must beat the best. The Penguins are going to have to play outstanding and this starts and ends with Marc-Andre Fleury. If he can play solid and the rest of the team does what they do best than this will be a better series than last year. Also, this Penguins team, under Dan Bylsma, is playing the style of hockey similiar to the Red Wings. If they can continue this than the Cup might be theres.
Regardless, there are only a maximum of 7 NHL games left of this season. It has been a great season and regardless of the outcome, I am one extremely proud Pittsburgh Penguins fan.
Let’s Go Pens!!