Red Wings fans are not worried that the cup will leave Hockeytown this year. Detroit fans have been sleeping well on their pillows knowing that there will be a Stanley Cup parade in D-town in a few short days. Why? Simple, Wings fans know their hockey clichés.
You’re never in real trouble until you lose home ice advantage.
The Detroit Red Wings are 11-1 at home in these playoff, and they are 3-0 at home in this series. The Penguins have lost five games on the road in these playoffs. Three of those five losses were at the Joe.
Defense wins championships.
Detroit has six-time Norris Trophy winner Nick Lidstrom, who also sports four Stanley Cup rings. The Penguins do not have a single Norris Trophy winner on the blue line.
Experience pays off.
The Wings have 22 cup winners on their current roster, several of them have skated with the cup aloft more than once. The Penguins have five Cup winners.
It’s never easy to win on the road.
Joe Louis Arena is a snake pit. Wings fans are chock full of venom, coiled and ready to strike Friday night. Most of the raucous Mellon Arena crowd will be either at home, or at the bars watching the game in Pittsburgh.
Kick save and a beauty!
Oh, and Detroit has Chris Osgood. The Red Wings goalie has a 2.00 goals against average and a .927 save percentage in the 2009 playoffs.
Intangible: No other player on either team has kept his teammate's playoff lives safer than the Wizard of Oz (or is it Ahhhs)? Regardless of the outcome of the game, Chris Osgood's name will be considered for the Conn Smythe Trophy.
Pittsburgh has Marc-Andre Fluery. "Flower's" playoff stats are 2.68 goals against, and a .906 save percentage.
Intangible: He finished his last game at Joe Louis Arena sitting on the player's bench.
One more item for you superstitious folks...Sidney Crosby touched the Prince of Wales Trophy...Henrik Zetterberg refused to touch the Campbell Bowl.
Both teams will need to play a full 60 minutes, one shift at a time, and get pucks to the net, and hopefully the puck will bounce their way. Alas Pittsburgh, I think the puck will bounce Detroit's way for a second year in a row.
Wings 4 Penguins 1.