Detroit Red Wings

Penguins-Red Wings, Game Five: Somebody Will Take the Lead

PITTSBURGH - JUNE 04:  Marian Hossa #81 of the Detroit Red Wings fights for position agianst Mark Eaton #7 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Four of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals on June 4, 2009 at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
David StearnsAnalyst IJune 6, 2009

Don't you love obvious headlines? They make me smile.

My HP notebook is currently on life support. Apparently the wireless drivers in some HP notebooks are known to suddenly disappear. It's covered by warranty, but I do not feel like shipping this thing out with the risk of it getting lost, damaged beyond recognition, etc.

OK, so Game Five at Joe Louis Arena, 8:00 pm (EST) on Network of Bullying Cowards (NBC). I have to stay on task here.

Key factors in tonight's game:

Red Wings

  • Datsyuk is finally back in the lineup.
  • Last change on the ice, Zetts to Crosby, clutch (and possibly grab).
  • Them boards, them boards, them funny bouncy boards.
  • Osgood, home ice, decent.
  • Obvious: home ice/home crowd.
  • A full healthy roster (if you're not looking at age).
  • Mike Babcock, possibly dawning a fedora.



  • Line combinations are finally clicking.
  • Secondary scoring is now in the mix.
  • Power-play opportunities have been favorable.
  • Jordan Staal woke up from his coma!
  • Bylsma can keep everyone calm. I mean look at those glasses!
  • Fleury is finally focused...on trying to convince everyone to give him a break.

John Baranowski—The Penguins guy—and I, the Rant Man (Red Wings/Sabres hybrid mixed with a poodle) will be in the DC area somewhere catching the game. Follow me on Twitter for the latest here.

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