Don't Count The Penguins Out In The Stanley Cup

Bob DuffContributor IMay 27, 2008

Although the Penguins are down 2-0 and have been outscored 7-0 in both of the games, I still believe that the Pens have a chance.

The Pens are really inexperienced compared to the Wings and the Wings are really good. However, the fact that they have Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, they haven't played a home game yet, and the fact anything can happen in the Stanley Cup are the main reasons why the Pens shouldn't be counted out.

Although it's Malkin's and Crosby's first Stanley Cup final series, they still are the two best players in the game (yes, better than Datsuk and Zetterberg). They could explode at any second in the game. They are like the LeBron or Kobe of the NHL. They can take over the game by scoring a lot of goals or making assists. They see plays that no one else can see.

Malkin and Crosby have been doing this all year and is a big part as to how they got into the playoffs, let alone the finals. There is a reason they have been given lot of acclaim.

Most teams play better at home. The Pens haven't played a game at home yet in this series. So far, the home team has a record of 72-32. That means home teams have about a 70 percent winning percentage. It makes sense that this would be the case because the audience is a big advantage and the players are more used to the ice than the opponents.

In any finals in any sport, anything can happen such as an underdog beating the huge favorites. The obvious comeback that comes to mind is the Giants upsetting the Patriots in this year's Super Bowl. No one thought the Giants had a chance to beat the then-undefeated Patriots. The Giants came ready and played to their advantage and won the Super Bowl because of it.

The first thing the Pens need to do is score some more goals. Once they can do that, they will be in contention for the Stanley Cup again. Here is hoping that the Pens get their groove back because it would be better for marketing for the NHL to have the Pens win than the Wings.