Thursday, May 22, 2008

4-on-4 on the finals
Four bloggers, four questions

I've put the same four questions to two Red Wings and two Penguins bloggers, going right to the best in the business for a few thoughts on some tough-to-call questions.

I even ask them to write poetry.

Matt Saler is our second guinea pig. Matt helms On the Wings and is a new addition to FanHouse, a blogger with credentials and a good take on all things Wings. His site is one of the go-to sources for Red Wings news online.

#1. We've seen features on Pascal Dupuis, odes to Dallas Drake and in-depth histories of the octopus and Mellon Arena. What is the best untold story of the teams in the final?

The best untold story for the Wings? Tough one, since they get a lot of press. I'll have to go with Darren Helm, who's made a virtually seamless transition from AHLer to NHLer. He'd taken Kirk Maltby's job until Johan Franzen's injury opened the door for Malts to return to the lineup.

#2. Who has the edge in goal in this series?

I think Marc-Andre Fleury has the edge in raw talent, but I like Chris Osgood's experience. He's shown himself to be virtually unflappable. Osgood's also been a major calming force for his team and their confidence in him is complete. In intangibles, I give Detroit the slight edge.

#3. Can a team be too young to win the Cup? (Or ... how big of a factor is experience?)

Youthful exuberance has to be tempered by veteran presence, I think. To me, that's what the Wings have in just the right mix with young guys like Zetterberg and Datsyuk among others and veterans like Lidstrom, Chelios, Osgood, etc. The Pens aren't without experience, but their overall youth could trip them up if the run into actual adversity for really the first time in the post-season. Experience is great for those moments of adversity.

#4. Using a haiku (20 words or less) who is your Conn Smythe pick?

Henrik Zetterberg
Is my choice for the Conn Smythe.
But I am biased.

Thanks to Matt. And stay tuned for words from Abel to Yzerman and The Pensblog.

Others feel free to add your own Conn Smythe haiku in the comments or on your own blogs.

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At 3:12 p.m., May 22, 2008, Anonymous Matt Saler said...

Credentials? You mean like the street kind? Unfortunately, I don't have the kind that get you into games.

At 3:51 p.m., May 22, 2008, Anonymous John Richardson said...

Wings are flying high
Penguins can't get off the ground
Crosby steals the show

At 5:10 p.m., May 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Penguins have evolved
Obsolete, superfluous
Are wings on the ice

If he can hold out
Seeing more than twenty shots
Give it to Osgood

At 1:08 p.m., May 23, 2008, Blogger The Seeker said...

Something that's been overlooked somewhat is that youth mens legs in hockey.

Both the Rangers and Flyers admitted that by the 3rd period in their games, they were tanked-out of gas trying to defend against the Pens.

The Flyers aren't as old on average as the Wings.

Therefore, I expect the Wings to be able to hang with the Pens for close to 2 periods. By the end of the 2nd and into the 3rd, I see the Pens young legs dominating.

If they aren't behind too much by that point, they'll tie or win. If the Wings are behind at that point, get ready for the Pens' speed to shut down any attempts the Wings might make at tying the score.


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