The opening game of the NHL's Western Conference final was no contest.
The Detroit Red Wings continued to roll, winning their seventh straight game, in ripping the Dallas Stars 4-1 Thursday night.
As if they didn't already have enough offensive weapons, the Wings turned what had been an ordinary power play thus far in the post-season into a three-goal flame thrower.
Full story: Red Wings dominant defeating Stars
Can anyone stop the Red Wings this year?
Detroit have loads of experience, Pittsburgh are young but have answered every challenge so far.
Detroit have Zetterberg and Datsyuk, but Franzen is still in La La Land.
Pittsburgh has 2 strong lines loaded with talent that can make plays and score. Edge Pittsburgh.
Defence easily goes to Detroit with their experience.
Goaltending is usually the key...Osgood's been good when called upon as Detroit have limited the opposition to under 25 shots in most playoff games.
That won't happen to Pittsburgh, and Fluery has been solid as they have had a short series against every opponent.
This will probably be one hell of a series, and while Detroit was the best team in the league over the regular season; Pittsburgh will win the Cup in 6 at home.
Andy V., 2008-05-20 22:24:13
Of course they had to do it when I picked Detroit on a Proline ticket!
gordholio, 2008-05-14 23:05:18
I agree with you in the fact that the Wings are playing phenomenal hockey right now. Their offence is great, Lidstrom is a machine and they just seem to choke the life out of oppenents. However, round 1 against Nashville they played an 8th seed that was without most of it's offensive weapons, in the 2nd round they played a Colorado team that suffered truly catastrophic injuries to it's top offensive players and now they're about to beat a Dallas team that played 2 hard, hard series against Anaheim and San Jose and it looks like they've simply run out of gas. In Pittsburgh they will be playing a team that is healthy, on a roll and has the two best players in the NHL on it. Yes, Crosby/Malkin are better than Datsyuk/Zetterberg and the Penguins are far better than anyone they have played so far. Wings are in for a rude awakening. Pens in seven.
As for you jadabay, you clearly haven't payed much attention to the Edmonton organization lately have you? Lowe is now just letting all the draft picks and rookies develop, has signed several key youngsters and still has cap space and trade bait to work with. In other words, he has no desire at all to attract another overpaid free agent. (Yes, he paid too much for Souray.)Like it or not, Edmonton is young and has all the tools to be great in years to come. Great young core forwards mixed with some experienced ones, excellent developing d-men and a legit #1 goalie. now I digress because after all, this thread is about the Wings. Try again slappy.
Norbit, 2008-05-14 18:37:08
I agree with you, I would take Crosby and Malkin over Zetterberg and Datsyuk any day.
I think the Pens will beat Detroit in 6. Should be a very good cup final.
Kevin, 2008-05-14 11:27:09
Pens are the Oilers of the 2000's
Wally, 2008-05-14 06:05:07
I think Dallas wore themselves out against San Jose, whereas Detroit is just starting to get going.
Pittsburgh won't be the pushovers that Detroit has played so far - that's for sure.
I would take Crosby and Malkin over the Detroit guys any day of the week. They are younger and better all around. Tougher too.
gordholio, 2008-05-13 23:08:02
Yes, Detroit is a fast team, but Dallas is letting Detroit set the type of game, so Dallas will be out in 4.
Pittsburgh is a great team like Detroit, yet they can hit as well. Great team in ALL areas of the game.
Pittsburgh-Detroit will be a great Stanley Cup.
gordholio, 2008-05-13 23:04:30