Michalek? And as an outside observer, I think that Staal's importance is being downplayed in this.
Good point. I forgot about him, as well as Sullivan. So perhaps I'm overestimating the impact on our team. Then again, I get the feeling that the teams that expect to win will find a reason for the short season to produce more wins, while teams that expect misfortune will find a reason for the schedule to work against them.
I don't think the Pens are at an advantage. Less time for adjustments, and we know how they are sitting defensively. The forwards I don't see much issue, but adding in the changes DB was talking about and the defensive core as they sit would have me worried enough.
Advantage, every team who's not a regular perennial playoff team. There's an actual doable chance. Those teams will take that chance to task, as they should.
Your new 2013 Stanley cup champions....the Phoenix Coyotes!
Gary Bettman hands cup to, Doan. Then he has to hand it right back.
See NYR fans, the cup will come to NYC and will be displayed in the league offices.