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by Paul on 06/10/09 at 10:52 AM ET
from James Cook of the Traverse City Record-Eagle,
Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals will be a big advantage for the Detroit Red Wings.
And not necessarily because of the crowd, says former Red Wing and Traverse City resident Dallas Drake.
“The matchups are probably the most important thing,” Drake said Tuesday. “They get last (line) change and get certain people on the ice against certain people. That makes a lot more difference than a lot of people give it credit for. (Pittsburgh coach) Dan Bylsma is able to get who he wants out there and keep (Sidney) Crosby away from (Henrik) Zetterberg, so it makes a big difference.”...
Crosby has long been the NHL’s darling, compared by many as the next Wayne Gretzky. Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have been one of the most potent one-two punches in the NHL this season, but neither factored into Tuesday’s scoring as Pavel Datsyuk and Zetterberg shut down the duo.
“I think the NHL would love to see Crosby win a Stanley Cup,” Drake said. “I don’t know why they don’t promote Datsyuk and Zetterberg as much as they promote those guys. But they just don’t.”
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