Penguins look for edge in hotel, more Game 7 notes
The Penguins have completed the hotel hat trick in Detroit, staying in their third auberge in three trips during the final. For those keeping score at home, they started at the Westin for Games 1 and 2, moved out to the suburbs to a Ritz-Carlton for Game 5 and, after going 0-3, are now ensconced at the MGM Grand.
The players also changed stalls in the Joe Louis Arena dressing room Friday morning, not that these guys are superstitious or anything.
"They run it by me and a couple of guys," captain
Zagats and Michelin, be alert. You could be supplanted by The Bylsma.
The NHL has assigned veteran referees
While the officiating standard has at times been laissez-faire compared to the regular season, there were no objections to the choice.
"Two veterans, two of the best," Detroit forward
Game 7 marks the end of the hockey season, of course, but it also concludes the generally underrated nap season. Like southern Europeans, the hours between two and four o'clock are sacrosanct as siesta time for NHL players. The Red Wings'
The emotional lift from a crowd tends to be sustainable for the first eight to perhaps 12 minutes of the game before teams settle in, but Red Wings coach
Home teams have won all the games to this point in the final for the fifth time since 1939 ...
The only Game 7 road victory in the final (after the home team won the first six games) came in 1971 when Montreal beat the Blackhawks at Chicago Stadium ...
The home team has won the last 18 championship series Game 7s across the various major sports. The last road-team winner in a Game 7 was the 1979 Pittsburgh ("We Are Family") Pirates, who beat the Orioles in Baltimore's Memorial Stadium ...
Visiting teams have won 10 of the past 12 overtime games in the Stanley Cup final and 15 of 19 since 1990. The last time a Game 7 ended with an OT goal was 1954 when Detroit's
The Penguins are 4-0 in road Game 7s in franchise history ...
Crosby's 1.31 playoff points-per-game average and Malkin's 1.27 ppg are the third- and fourth-best in NHL history, trailing only Gretzky and