Time for talk is over

Pens coach Dan Bylsma will offer instructions to his team on what to expect tonight. (Sun...

Pens coach Dan Bylsma will offer instructions to his team on what to expect tonight. (Sun Media/Dave Abel)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:46 PM ET

DETROIT -- Tonight, a champion will be crowned.

The Stanley Cup will be in the building at Joe Louis Arena as the Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins wrap up the NHL final with a dramatic Game 7 on the banks of the Detroit River. The Wings will try to become back-to-back champs for the first time since 1998 while the Penguins look for their first Cup since 1992.

The talk is over, with the exception of some last minute pre-game instructions.

“We have a group of guys in there that we feel we’ve got a pretty good handle on what’s going on in our organization, and we talked to each other and gather information from one another,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said this morning.

“And I’ve talked to all the key players on our team in the leadership group. We feel we’re prepared for the opportunity, and we’re excited about the opportunity. I think that’s the key thing here is, just like I’ve heard everyone else say, it’s as good as you get. I mean, to me this is what it’s all about. And it should be a great game and a lot of fun.”

The Penguins are trying to stay calm.

“I don’t know what I’m going to say. That’s something I usually do in the afternoon of a game. I certainly have thought about it, and I’ve been forced to think about it when I have questions like that,” said Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma. “The meeting before the game will be about reminders about what we need to do. I always talk about what to expect from their team, maybe some of the adjustments they’ve made in their game plan or their set breakout or whatever they may have changed, we need to be aware of, reminders that guys are focused on the details given situations.

“But that meeting all happens in about six minutes, five minutes. So it’s not like in a movie. I think it happens over a course of 15 minutes. It’s a lot more talking in the movies than there’s going to be in that game. It’s about what happens on the ice.”


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