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by IwoCPO on 04/10/07 at 10:12 PM ET
If you guys are getting tired of me pointing you to the mainstream predictions, say so. I’ll keep it up for another day just to irritate you than let is slowly fade away like it was my own idea. In the meantime, here are a few more.
USA Today has a couple hockey writers. Ted Montgomery is one, and he sucks. Kevin Allen is the other, and he doesn’t.
Why Detroit could win:
1. Probable Norris Trophy winner Nick Lidstrom leads a strong, veteran defensive unit that limits shots.
2. C Pavel Datsyuk, perhaps the NHL’s slickest puck-handler, dominated in the stretch.
3. Adding 242-pound Todd Bertuzzi and hard-driving Kyle Calder gave the Red Wings size and aggressiveness. It’s tiring to move Bertuzzi around for seven games (A2Y Note: 7 would be nice, 6 is more likely, 5 is more realistic, 4 is troublesome, 3, 2 or 1 is big trouble).
Forecast: The Flames might be better than last season yet seem less dangerous. Take Red Wings in six.
Calgary has added some offensive firepower to support Jarome Iginla, but the Flames’ best chances of success come when they keep games tight enough for goalie Miikka Kiprusoff to make the difference. Still, Calgary will have to find ways to get ahead because the Red Wings allow fewer shots than anyone in the league and rarely relinquish leads late.
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