Hey everyone, I've been out of the loop for the last little while, but I have a good excuse. My lovely wife Karine gave birth to our second daughter on May 21, and let's just say that took precedent over the Stanley Cup playoffs.
But now that we're at the finals, I can't help but gloat just a smidgen over having picked the two finalists at the beginning of the playoffs. Things like this rarely happen to me, so I have to revel in it when they do.
So, having already picked the Penguins to beat the Red Wings in six games, my work is done.
Seriously though, I do believe the Pens will win for several reasons, but the biggest one is the Red Wings injury situation and the fact that Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby are at the top of their games. One of them is almost constantly on the ice for Pittsburgh, making line matchups nearly impossible for Mike Babcock because he can't have Nicklas Lidstrom on the ice for 45 minutes a night.
I like Marc-Andre Fleury in goal over Chris Osgood, even though Osgood is proving once again that he's one of the top money goalies of all time (look up the numbers before you laugh).
Having come so close without winning last year, and with the added incentive of jamming a Stanley Cup victory down Marian Hossa's throat, I think the Penguins will come out on top of a tough series.