Does the Stanley Cup Finals Schedule Change Work in Pittsburgh's Favor?

After watching the Pittsburgh Penguins decimate the Carolina Hurricanes in a four-game sweep in the Eastern Conference finals, should any team really be in a rush to face them in the Stanley Cup Finals? ↵

↵ ↵

↵

↵For the Detroit Red Wings, it isn't an idle question. ↵

↵

↵Consider this: Thanks to recent schedule change, the Red Wings, who clinched their series with the Blackhawks on Wednesday, would have to turn around and face the Penguins in Detroit in Games 1 and 2 of the finals on Saturday and Sunday. They have two days to rest and recover before playing back-to-back games, and that might not be enough for a team that saw Pavel Datsyuk, Nicklas Lidstrom and Kris Draper all miss Game 4 against Chicago -- a 6-1 Red Wings victory -- with injuries. ↵

↵

↵Lidstrom and Datsyuk did not play in Wednesday's Game 5. Draper is nursing a groin pull. And on Wednesday, defenseman Jonathan Ericsson had his appendix removed. ↵

↵

↵Meanwhile, after seeing Pittsburgh's efficient 4-1 defeat of Carolina on Tuesday, it's pretty clear the Penguins are riding a wave, and are as healthy as they can reasonably expect to be through three rounds of the playoffs. If they get to enjoy an advantage, it's clear that they've earned it. ↵

↵

↵Then again, the Red Wings entered Wednesday's game knowing they would play Saturday night — the question was, who would be their opponent? Had they lost Game 5, they would have returned to Chicago for Game 6 of the Western finals.
↵All things considered, something tells me that the Red Wings would rather have had the Blackhawks out of the way, injuries or not. ↵

↵

This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

In This Article

Topics
Teams
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.