Here are the morning papers for the Stanley Cup Finals which begin tonight at 8pm EST:
Detroit Red Wings (1) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (2):
- This series is the classic case of age versus experience. The Detroit Free Press profiles both team's head coaches Mike Babcock and Michel Therien. In injury news, Johan Franzen will not play in Game 1 tonight but is likely to return during the Finals. Here is a video roundtable of Ken Holland and a couple Detroit sportswriters. This series could be one for the ages, writes John Niyo.
- Dave Molinari wonders whether the Penguins can win one of the first two games on the road. Colby Armstrong is still a little bit upset that he was traded from the Penguins just minutes before the trade deadline. The city is going crazy over the Pens, writes Anya Sostek. Meanwhile, Gary Roberts may not crack the team's line-up for Game 1.
For Illegal Curve, I'm Richard Pollock.
Email any thoughts, ideas or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org