Tuesday, May 20, 2008

When it comes to future success, can the ex-Cub factor be used to determine the winner of this years Stanley Cup finals? Our Blackhawks are on the rise, and therefore as solid logic would dictate, the more ex-'Hawks a team has, the better chance they have of winning.

While Pittsburgh does have Crosby and Malkin, they do not have Detroit's Dan Cleary (Chicago 97 & 98), Aaron Downey (Chicago 00 & 01), Chris Chellios (Chicago 90-98), and Dominick Hasek ( Chicago 90 & 91) - all ex Blackhawk's.

The closet thing the Penguins have to a Chicago tie in, is their 6 point producer Adam Hall from Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Therefore, while it sounds nice to say Detroit will win the series in 4 straight games (i.e. 4 Red Wings who are ex-Hawks compared to the Pen's 0 ), I've got to believe talent still has something to do with it. Therefore, I will say with confidence that the Red Wings will win the series 4 games 2.


Paul said...

I don't think it will be a sweep for either team. It's going to be a long series in my opinion. I strongly believe Detroit will win the Stanley Cup championship as the Penguins will have met their match.

Their is no way Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin can dominate the Red Wings as they did against Ottawa and Philadelphia while providing just enough to get by the Rangers. With Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg matching what Crosby and Malkin bring to the table, it will be a battle to see which of them makes the big play at the most critical time.

I plan to submit some answers as I'm being interviewed for an upcoming article at ArmchairGM.com, probably on Friday and look for the possible title "Resident Interview (5/23/08)" or something close to that.

Excellent blog by the way and I got you on my blog roll. Keep up the nice work! And as a prediction, I think Patrick Kane is your Calder Trophy winner. Just a hunch...