We're only a few hours away from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.
The Red Wings will be without Pavel Datsyuk (foot) and Kris Draper (groin) tonight. With Game 2 coming up right away on Sunday, you've got to figure that both probably won't play in that one either. In fact, though Datsyuk skated this morning, he was headed to the doctor this afternoon, which makes you wonder when he'll be back.
The longer Datsyuk is out, the better chance the Penguins have to avenge last year's Stanley Cup Finals loss to the Red Wings.
I picked the Penguins is six games in Friday's edition of The Record and am sticking with that. It took them a couple of games to adjust in last year's Finals (they didn't score a goal in the first two games) and I think that experience will help them this year. Plus, I think the Penguins have a better team than a year ago with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin being a year older and the additions that were made before the trade deadline (Bill Guerin, Chris Kunitz, Craig Adams). Crosby looks like a man on a mission.
The Red Wings have a lot of depth, but Datsyuk's injury still weakens them.
What do you guys think?