Stanley will be in the house

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:52 PM ET

PITTSBURGH -- The Stanley Cup will be in the house tonight.

All that stands in the way of a back-to-back celebration for the Detroit Red Wings for the first time since 1997-98 is a victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 of the final at Mellon Arena.

There isn’t much left to say. The Penguins are trying to stay alive and show resolve that they can force a Game 7 at Joe Louis Arena Friday. The Wings are trying not to take anything for granted in what’s turned out to be a carbon copy of last year’s final going into Game 6.

“We know the mission ahead. Our backs are against the wall. We’ve been in this position before,” said Pittsburgh defenceman Brooks Orpik this morning. “Everyone is still pretty confident in here. Hopefully, we can get the crowd worked up and feed off them.”

The Penguins are looking at the possibility of putting winger Petr Sykora in the lineup. He will take the warmup. Coach Dan Bylsma will decide then if he wants to make a change.

“It’s going to be a game-time decision,” said Bylsma. “Petr’s exceptional NHL skill is that he can put it in the net. In a limited role, you would expect that he would put the puck on his stick and he could rip it.”

A lot of eyes will be on Detroit winger Marian Hossa. He signed as a free agent with the Wings in the summer after spending the 2008 playoff run with the Penguins.

“It’s the first time I’ve been in this position, so close,” Hossa said. “That would be a dream come true (to win it in Pittsburgh), obviously.”

The Wings aren’t planning to make any lineup changes.


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