by Kevin Stott | Detroit Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins (Versus): The young Penguins look to gain some valuable experience as well as a little respect from the veteran Red Wings in this series between the two best teams in hockey – and two that may be in this same position a year from now. With a 21-year-old goalie (Marc-Andre Fleury) and a 19-year-old center (Jordan Staal) – who have already made names for themselves in the NHL – this team will certainly be one to watch for years.
Tonight’s pivotal game will set the tone for which way this series will go and may well determine who ends up snagging the most prestigious trophy in all of professional sports. The biggest fact we can apply to this game at this point in time is that Pittsburgh will need the win to either because Detroit is up 2-0 heading to The Steel City or because the Pens won Game 2 and now have a chance to take a convincing 2-1 series lead with the
home-ice advantage theirs should they have won Monday night in Motown.
Either way, the onus is on Pittsburgh to show they are not the team that was dominated by the Red Wings in the opener on Saturday afternoon (Detroit, 4-0). And with a more-than-impressive 16 game win streak at home, the call here is to take the Penguins who are too talented to get pushed around by even a team as talented as Detroit. It’s the building baby! PENGUINS.