Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/06/12 at 09:29 PM ET
Josh Yohe of Chipped Ice at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Here are 10 reasons to start thinking about that parade route in June. Winning the Stanley Cup is excruciatingly difficult, but the Penguins are starting to emerge as the favorite….
10. The East isn’t very good
Before we even get to the Penguins, let’s analyze the rest of the league. The Rangers are running away with the conference and deserve credit for their terrific season. They’re really, really good.
But take a look at that lineup. Can the Rangers really score with the Penguins in a seven-game series? I don’t think so. It would be a wonderful series, but eventually, Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will produce their points. They always do.
The Penguins match up well against the Rags.
Philadelphia? Talented, yes. But the Penguins are way better in net, better on the blue and at least comparable at forward. Crosby will never let the Penguins lose to that team in a series, anyway. Honest. He loathes them that much.
Boston? The Bruins made their run, and had a wonderful stretch at the season’s midway point, but they can be had. They suddenly feel stale.
New Jersey? Scary for Pens because they struggle with the Devils, but cream rises to the top. The Pens are just a better team.
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