Around the Rink – May 29th Edition

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The Detroit Red Wings return to their second straight Stanley Cup Final in a rematch against last year’s opponent, the Pittsburgh Penguins. The series will kick off tomorrow at Joe Louis Arena at 8 p.m. EDT so it comes as no surprise that plenty of people are offering up their predictions for the SCF.


Saturday, May 30 at Detroit, 8:00 pm EDT NBC, CBC, RDS
Sunday, May 31 at Detroit, TBD-Evening NBC, CBC, RDS
Tuesday, June 2 at Pittsburgh, 8:00 pm EDT VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Thursday, June 4 at Pittsburgh, 8:00 pm EDT VERSUS, CBC, RDS
* Saturday, June 6 at Detroit, 8:00 pm EDT NBC, CBC, RDS
* Tuesday, June 9 at Pittsburgh, 8:00 pm EDT NBC, CBC, RDS
* Friday, June 12 at Detroit, 8:00 pm EDT NBC, CBC, RDS

* If necessary.


Many people’s picks for the series hinge on the health of Detroit’s key players. As of Thursday, GM Ken Holland told the media that he expects captain Nicklas Lidstrom to play in Game 1. Jonathan Ericsson and Pavel Datsyuk will be game-time decisions and Holland does not anticipate Kris Draper playing in the first game of the series.

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press gives the Wings the advantage in offense, defense, and goaltending, and put the Marian Hossa situation and special teams as a draw. Ansar Khan at believes Detroit will win in six, maybe seven, games. He argues that while Pittsburgh is more experienced and dangerous this year, they did lose Hossa and Detroit has more scoring depth and a better blue line. Khan thinks the Penguins will get their Cup eventually, but it won’t happen this year.’s Scott Burnside is going with the Penguins in six because he believes the injuries will prevent Detroit’s big names from playing at the high level needed to compete with Crosby and Malkin. You can view the other ESPN experts’ picks here. Kostya Kennedy and Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated made their postseason predictions before the start of the playoffs and he picked the Wings to defeat Pittsburgh in seven in the SCF.

In Other News

The Detroit Free Press has a great piece on the Wings’ public-address announcer Budd Lynch. One amazing stat: he can’t remember missing a home game — since 1949!

Yesterday Sportshaven Pro Shop in Wyandotte put the Stanley Cup Finals logos on all of the Wings’ jerseys and was able to capture it on camera.

John Bacon writes for The Detroit News about Chris Osgood’s playoff resurgence after a rough regular season.’s Larry Wigge looks at “The Nightmare on Helm Street” after Darren Helm’s game-winner on Wednesday night.

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2 Responses to Around the Rink – May 29th Edition

  1. jamiefavreau says:

    Great story on Helm by Larry Wigge too bad he spelled Darren McCarty’s name wrong.

    Go Red Wings!

  2. Doug Towler says:

    Hi Gang:

    Well time to get ready for the “Big Dance”.. As you did previously in the road up to this point, JUST PLAY YOUR OWN GAME, and don’t be distracted by the Pens’ verbal or media nonsense. It would have been nice if Chelly had put in that puck in the last regular period, of the last semi-final game. Then he would have been second to GORDIE, in being the oldest active player to score a game winning goal !!!

    Put all kinds of pressure on Fleury and rush the Pens’ defence as hard and as often as you can. They’ll come unglued soon enough when you do that.

    The CUP is yours for the taking, GO GET GUYS !!!

    Doug Towler

    London, Ontario

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