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This story has such versatility!
“Young” can be substituted with “inexperienced,” “coming of age,” and/or “unable to grow playoff beards.”
If using the last one, the story should utilize a picture of Patrick Kane’s peach fuzz or Jonathan Toews’ Wolverine-esque muttonchops. For added effect, contrast said pictures with Brian Campbell’s Carrot Top-inspired ginger curls or Adam Burish’s wooly mammoth impersonation.
There is no stereotype easier to cover than the “age vs. beauty,” “youth vs. experience” angle. The Detroit Red Wings have taken home Lord Stanley eleven times, most recently last year.
Compared to the Blackhawks’ three—the last in the 1960-61 season—the Red Wings may as well take up a permanent lease on the Holy Grail of Hockey.
This storyline generally leads to one of the following conclusions:
(a) Youth—and not knowing how terrified they should be—will play in the Blackhawks' favor.
(b) Youth—and the inexperience of dealing with playoff pressures—will bring down the ‘Hawks.
(c) Experience—and the Red Wings’ superior follicular fortitude—will prove to be an unbeatable foe.
(d) Experience—and Detroit’s average over-the-hill age of 30.48—will send the Red Wings to an early grave.
Note: For a Detroit spin, phrase the story as "Detroit is Old," with substitutions of "experienced," "riding out maturity," or "hairier than the ownership situation in Phoenix."
Series Over/Under: 649