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The W - Hockey - 2008-09 STANLEY CUP FINALS (and schedule!): PITTSBURGH vs. DETROIT
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.51
It all comes down to this:

2 DETROIT RED WINGS vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 4

The League hasn't announced the times yet, but here's what we have so far. (I'll edit it later)

Game 1: Sat. 8PM @DET
Game 2: Sun. TBD @DET
Game 3: Tue. 8PM @PIT
Game 4: 6/4 8PM @PIT
Game 5: 6/6 8PM @DET *
Game 6: 6/9 8PM @PIT *
Game 7: 6/12 8PM @DET *

* if necessary!

NBC's prayers are answered as an early wrapup of the Conference Finals means they get an uninterrupted week to premiere Conan's "Tonight Show" without pre-emptions. (They're probably also praying for a sweep. BOOOOOOO)

My heart's with Pittsburgh, but my head's with Detroit. Wow, I dislike the Red Wings.


(edited by CRZ on 27.5.09 2156)


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Anyone else think it's completely ridiculous for the first two games to be played without any rest in-between?



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.51
    Originally posted by Nuclear Winter
    Anyone else think it's completely ridiculous for the first two games to be played without any rest in-between?
The consensus in Pittsburgh seems to be that it's preferable to ten days of no hockey between series.

Also, in the time before I started watching hockey, I hear there used to be a lot of back-to-backs during the Playoffs, which is why we never heard about hockey in June, or something like that.



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I don't think back-to-back is horrible, assuming it is not a night game followed by a day game. One presumes these will be two 2:00 or 3:00 ET games.

pick: Detroit in 6.
Conn Smythe: Osgood



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.32

    One presumes these will be two 2:00 or 3:00 ET games.


I'm pretty sure they're all 8:00 starts.
edit: oops CRZ added the times


    Conn Smythe: Osgood


That motherfucker?

Pens gotta jump on them in the first 3 in four nights, with the Wings banged up and the Pens firing on all cylinders. Red Wings look better on paper than last year's team but they aren't the same machine they were last year. At the very least, Pittsburgh won't get caught staring and spot them the first two games in Detroit this year.

PENGUINS
IN
SIX

(edited by JustinShapiro on 28.5.09 0134)
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.83
    Originally posted by JustinShapiro

      One presumes these will be two 2:00 or 3:00 ET games.


    I'm pretty sure they're all 8:00 starts.
    edit: oops CRZ added the times


      Conn Smythe: Osgood


    That motherfucker?

    Pens gotta jump on them in the first 3 in four nights, with the Wings banged up and the Pens firing on all cylinders. Red Wings look better on paper but they aren't the same machine they were last year. At the very least, Pittsburgh won't get caught staring and spot them the first two games in Detroit this year.

    PENGUINS
    IN
    SIX

    (edited by JustinShapiro on 27.5.09 2311)


I'm not predicting this series at all.

I know what you told me earlier, but the Red Wing Fans of Borg on the HFBoards have gotten to me.

Picking the Canes to sweep the Pens resulted in the exact opposite, so maybe if I pick the Wings to sweep, the Wings'll somehow find a way to lose, too.

But I'll just take the high road and not pick at all.

(edited by Kei Posiskunk on 27.5.09 2337)

(edited by Kei Posiskunk on 27.5.09 2337)




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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.56
Since it's the same matchup as last year, I'm going to say it ends up with the same result as last year: Wings in 6. Despite the injuries they have, I think they're tougher and better defensively (defense wins championships, IMO) and will be enough to claim their second straight Stanley Cup title.





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I agree, Wings in six



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Got to go with the lesser of two evils - Wings in 7 over the ice chickens - I am hoping for lots of OT because nothing beats overtime in the Stanley Cup Playoffs



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.36
Wings in 5
Conn Smythe: Osgood (though after last night, I'd like it to be Helm)



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I have no problem with the schedule, particularly against the prospect of a week and a half layoff otherwise.

Pens in 4. (SOMEBODY has to pick them!)
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I'll take the Pens in 6. The Stanley Cup comes back to Nova Scotia this summer.
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I'll also take the Penguins in 6 because I am buying into the media hype on the parallels between this year/last year's final and the last time two teams repeated in the finals, the '83 and '84 Islanders and Oilers.
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Pens in 5. The Red Wings had enough talent and guile to get this far. But they don't have the talent advantage this time like they did over the Hawks, and the Pens can run them ragged.



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    Originally posted by Nuclear Winter
    Anyone else think it's completely ridiculous for the first two games to be played without any rest in-between?


I'll be rooting for 4 OTs in game 1.



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I'll take the Wings in seven. The experience gained last year will be invaluable for the Pens, but the Wings are just too deep.

Maybe I'm biased because I'm a fellow Newfoundlander, but if the Wings win, and Daniel Cleary has another solid series with a game-winning goal or two, he's my pick for the Conn Smythe. He's really picked up the slack of Datsyuk not scoring with 8 goals, most of them very timely (including the game-winner with three minutes left in game 7 to oust Anaheim), he's playing lots of minutes in very important situations, and he's leading the league in plus/minus during the playoffs. He's never played better hockey in his life, and what a time to peak.
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Pittsburgh in seven shitkicking hard-fought brutal games, at least three of which will be overtime finishes.
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    Originally posted by CRZ
    My heart's with Pittsburgh, but my head's with Detroit. Wow, I dislike the Red Wings.


Same here.

I really hope the Pens and Shapiro prove me wrong just like they did for the Hurricane series.





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I picked the Pens in six games and Chicago in a sweep. I was wrong on a lot of levels. Yet, I think for the Pens to win they have to do it in six games. If they go to Detroit for game 7, I don't expect them to get a lucky bounce more like unwarranted calls in order to please the fans. I will say Detroit plays a hell of a fast defense and can swarm the net. At least, I won't have to hear about Cowher being a traitor for this series maybe the Pittsburgh media will attack Bettis.

God, I hate homer sports reporters who think anyone who played in Pittsburgh should root for every Pittsburgh team, I don't seem them blasting players for rooting for other MLB teams that aren't the Pirates. Then again, the Pirates are not a MLB anyway.
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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.32

    I don't expect them to get a lucky bounce more like unwarranted calls in order to please the fans.


::eyeroll emoticon::


    At least, I won't have to hear about Cowher being a traitor for this series maybe the Pittsburgh media will attack Bettis.


That was so dumb. Maybe Jim Leyland is going to 'defect' now. Grr grr outrage.
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