Stanley Cup 2010: Why the Hawks Will Struggle in Game Six

Kevin FreiheitContributor IJune 9, 2010

The Stanley Cup has arrived in Philadelphia for game six tonight. However, it is the Chicago Blackhawks that have the opportunity to win it in front of the sea of orange. After a 7-4 pounding of the Flyers in game 5, Chicago hopes to avoid a game seven and win Lord Stanley tonight.

Regardless of who the better team is, Chicago is going to have a tough time against Philadelphia tonight. Even with the goaltender situation in Philly, the Flyers will be all over Niemi and the Blackhawks.

With their backs against the wall and in front of their home crowd, there is no reason Philadelphia shouldn't win tonight's game.

The Flyers will be desperate, and if they want tonight's game more than Chicago, then they will send it to a game seven.

It's hard to believe that the Flyers have made it to game six of the Finals—considering they only made the playoffs due to a shootout win on the final day of the regular season.

Philadelphia will be looking for payback tonight.

After the game five loss, the Chicago Tribune printed a full size poster of Chris Pronger in a skirt. The poster read "-4 plus/minus in three Chicago wins, -5 plus/minus in game 5, 100% chance we'll change our mind if the Hawks sign him."

Pronger did nothing but shove it aside.

"I don't read what you guys write. Good or bad," Pronger said. "I really couldn't care, to be honest with you. I'm worried about playing the game."

A game seven would be exciting to watch, but the Flyers have to get there first. If they can make it there, it's anybody's game. It's hard to imagine Chicago playing harder than the Flyers tonight, but anything can happen in the playoffs.

What do you think? Who wins tonight's game? Leave a comment below with your thoughts.

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