When Detroit led the Western Conference Finals series 3-0, most thought the Wings were off to the Stanley Cup Finals, though the next game Dallas came back with a fighting effort to win the next two games. However, the Wings managed to pull it together and win game six to take on the Penguins in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Wings have only lost four games in the playoffs. The Penguins have only lost two and this could be a problem for the Red Wings. The Detroit Red Wings are a strong team and having made it this far, players like Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, and Jiri Hudler will not let down; they want to win their first Stanley Cup.
With players in Pittsburgh being as skilled as they are with Crosby, Malkin, and Staal, the Wings will have to keep on eye out if a puck gets loose or one of them gets on a breakaway. However, Pittsburgh will also have to watch out for Zetterberg and Datsyuk. The Red Wings are a skilled team and know what they have to do. They have their minds set on the Cup, which could be dangerous for this young Pittsburgh team.
Chris Osgood has been amazing to say the least in these playoffs and he will only continue to perform at the level he has been. As skilled as Fleury is, he is no match for Osgood's skill and experience in the Finals and will have to be on his toes to stop pucks from this strong Detroit team.
I believe you will see the puck control dominating game the Wings have played, as well as a hard hitting game with Kronwall and Stuart continuing to make hard hits throughout the Finals. This should be a hockey fan's kind of game with lots of skill, energy and hits to be seen. With the 32 points Kronwall, Lidstrom, and Rafalski have combined for in the last 16 games, the impact of their offensive power will only continue to grow as Detroit makes their Stanley Cup run.
Johan Franzen has officially been cleared to practice and it is only a matter of time before he comes back and hopefully be right back to his dominating performance. The Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Holmstrom line has done a fantastic job making up for his absence, and with Zetterberg making fantastic shorthanded goals, the Wings have not had a huge problem without Franzen in the lineup. However, when he returns he could be unstoppable.
I believe this game will go six total games, with the Detroit Red Wings coming out on top to win yet another Stanley Cup and ignite Hockeytown even more.