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Right now you're trying to calm down from last night's win.
You're trying to tell yourself that it's only one game.
And you're being helped by every media outlet in the country reminding you of last season.
 

Last season the Detroit Red Wings won games one and two at home.
Last season the Pittsburgh Penguins won game three in the Mellon Arena.
Last season the Red Wings hoisted the Stanley Cup.
 

And, according to Sports Illustrated, they're going to do the same this year:
 

 

This might be a tad premature. The Red Wings are on a regional cover of this week's Sports Illustrated.

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Apparently that cover is only available in certain markets, including the upper midwest and Canada.
 

 

James Jahnke of the Detroit Free Press has this to say:

Jinx alert: Red Wings on SI cover

Not satisfied with taking out the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sports Illustrated's cover jinx now seems to have its sights on the Red Wings.

This week’s regional cover of SI — available to readers in the Upper Midwest — features Jonathan Ericsson, Chris Osgood and Henrik Zetterberg with the billing "Motown Cool: The Wings Close In on Stanley Cup Number 12."

SI senior NHL writer Michael Farber wrote the cover story titled “Containing Crosby.” Now watch Sid the Kid score five goals tonight. Sheesh.

 

 

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The Hockey News expects Pavel Datsyuk will return to the Red Wings lineup shortly.
They say that there is a "good chance" he will play in game four and that he will "definitely go" in game five.
He practiced with the team today.
 

Tomas Holmstrom left practice after 15 minutes but will play Thursday.
Defenseman Brian Rafalski missed practice for "rest purposes."
Kris Draper will likely be in the lineup for game four as well.
 

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Mike Zigomanis is now medically cleared to play.
It is unlikely that he will enter the Penguins lineup as he has not played a game since December 3rd.
He is practicing with the team, however.

 

TSN has an article on the Pittsburgh Penguins top prospects:

The rebuilding process for the Penguins organization is complete from an NHL standpoint, but the club's remaining prospects have yet to fully develop.

The system looks depleted compared to other clubs, since three of their last four first rounders are in the lineup and Angelo Esposito was traded away.

According to the article, the Penguins top 12 prospects are:
 

1. Alex GoligoskiDefence
2. Eric Tangradi – Right Wing
3. Luca Caputi – Left Wing
4. Casey Pierro–Zabotel – Left Wing
5. Nick Johnson – Right Wing
6. Keven Veilleux – Centre/Right Wing
7. Alex Grant – Defence
8. Nathan Moon – Center
9. Carl Sneep – Defence
10. Brian Strait – Defence
11. Robert Bortuzzo – Defence
12. Tim Crowder – Left Wing
 

Finally, today's useless hockey-related stat comes from the Globe & Mail:

Brock University Prof. Ernest Biktimirov found that when an Eastern Conference team, such as the Penguins, wins the Cup, Canadian stocks tend to post a gain on the year. A Western Conference win hails a down year. The data is far from complete – it only goes back to 2000. But it's been correct six out of seven times, giving it an 85.7-per-cent success rate this decade.

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