What We Learned: How Red Wings and Penguins Prepared Blackhawks and Flyers

May 27th, 2010 by Justin Colman Leave a reply »
Someone was bound to mention them.

The Stanley Cup Final wouldn't feel right without mentioning the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings, who have been part of the Stanley Cup Final the past two years, each winning a final.

Don't forget, Philadelphia and Chicago's biggest rivals are the Penguins and Red Wings, respectively. So it's strange in a way that we don't see Pittsburgh and Detroit, but instead we see their rivals Philadelphia and Chicago square off.

Both teams had to learn how to lose to their rivals before making it to the grand stage. Last year, both lost to their rivals—Chicago lost in the Western Conference Finals to Detroit in five games. Philadelphia lost to Pittsburgh in the Eastern Quarterfinals in six games.

The year before that, they lost to Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference finals, and Chicago wasn't even in the playoffs.

It also shouldn't come as a surprise that the way these two teams will play against one another will be different compared to how Detroit and Pittsburgh played.

The Red Wings and the Penguins played their games out as if it were a chess match. Each player ...

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