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2008 Stanley Cup

May 24, 2008

Here are my keys for the Wings to win the Stanley Cup.

1) the Wings must shut down Crosby and Malkin. Malkin really stepped up when Crosby was out earlier this season. In the post season, he has 9 goals and 10 assists. Wouldn’t be surprised if Babcock puts Lidstrom against Malkin and maybe Rafalski against Crosby.

2) The Penguins will look to shut down Datsyuk and Zetterburg so the time is ripe for someone to step up. I think it could be Dallas Drake’s turn to shine. Rumour has it this will be his last season, so he may want to go out with a bang. Two other players to look to are Darren McCarty and Valtteri Filppula.

3) As for goaltending, Ozzie has been great this postseason.  If he goes down, there’s always the Dominator.

4)Finally, the Wings will turn to their crafty veterans for leadership.     Holmstrom, Maltby, McCarty, Draper. Chelios, Lidstrom, Osgood and Hasek have all won the Stanley Cup while at Detroit. Look for them to draw upon their past experience to win the Cup.

overall, I pick the Wings in 6.

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