Are we there yet?

Three more sleeps until the Stanley Cup final begins.

Ridiculous, as Cam Cole writes. The most eagerly anticipated final in years, matching the two best teams in the NHL, is almost guaranteed to get off to a stumbling start on Saturday.

The Penguins and Wings will have to shake off the effects of long layoffs. I’m not expecting a great first period.

While waiting for the puck to drop, you can read Michael Farber’s characteristically brilliant analysis of the March of the Penguins and Mathias Brunet’s look at the positional matchups.

My knee-jerk reaction, after watching Detroit easily eliminate Dallas, was to pick the Wings in six.

Now I’m second-guessing myself. The availability of Johan Franzen is a concern for Detroit, and Marc-AndrĂ© Fleury is capable of outplaying Chris Osgood. Jordan Staal had a great series against Philadelphia. And if the seriess turns into a street fight, Pittsburgh has the tougher warriors.

I’m still inclined yo go with the more experienced team that’s won the more competitive conference. But it could be a great final … once they get around to starting it.

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