Pens fans usually have one word to describe Marian Hossa: traitor. But Hossa, who left Pittsburgh for Detroit during the offseason, hasn't been doing much of anything this series to give the Pens a reason to miss him. So will he finally step up, or simply glide through Game 7? And will he even care as long as he gets his name on the Cup?
Who will win the Stanley Cup?
The home team has won every game in this series so far, and we think Game 7 will be no exception. Sure, the Pens are coming off a win in Pittsburgh, but they've struggled in Detroit, including a 5-0 shutout in Game 5 less than a week ago. It's been a tough-fought series, no doubt, but we'll predict Nicklas Lidstrom will raise the Cup again. That being said, we're expecting great things for this Pens team in the near future, including a Cup win just not this year. Jenny Reisinger Cohen
Who will win the Conn Smythe?
There's no need to qualify this choice. Regardless of who wins the game tonight, Evgeni Malkin deserves the playoff MVP trophy. During this postseason run, he's scored 14 goals and 21 assists for a total of 35 points more than either Henrik Zetterberg or Johan Franzen. Sure, the NHL very rarely awards the playoff MVP to a player on a losing team, but the voters should make an exception this season if the Pens drop this one.
Who will be the best goalie?
What is going on with the goalies in this series? One game, the Wings' Chris Osgood is on fire while the Pens' Marc-Andre Fleury is a dud. The next game, it's the complete opposite. It's like a tale of two goalies each night. But there's no denying Wings' fans' love for Ozzie right now, which he can feed off to get the win.
Will it live up to the hype?
No matter the sport, Game 7 always promises to be exciting. The problem is the game doesn't always deliver on that promise. With these two teams on the ice, it can be an epic Game 7. Unfortunately, after the Wings' blow out in Game 5, we know it's also pretty possible this game could turn out to be a snooze-fest.