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After two weeks of hockey in the Stanley Cup finals, we're right back where we started (not counting two weeks of playoff-beard growth). Before Game 1 in Detroit, 53 percent of SportsNation favored the Red Wings to win. Hours before Game 7 gets going at Joe Louis Arena, 51 percent of voters still expect the Red Wings to hoist the Cup.

No wonder Gary Bettman didn't seem bothered that his league kept scheduling its marquee games opposite the NBA Finals. But if there is a difference between then and now, it's the number of eyeballs that will be watching when the puck drops tonight.

And in this case, SportsNation is clearly not voting with its heart.

bumeri

MAF through history is the last goalie I would want in net for the final game of anything. He cost canadian jrs titles especially a costly one against the USA. He doesn't seem to bring his best stuff in these type of games. I could be wrong for tomorrow night, but I just don't see him. He's young and will have a lot on his mind, but if the wings get to him early, he will be rattled and might allow some bad goals.

-- bumeri
ChiefMuzz

Even with the first two games this year the difference was Ozzie. He made the saves that MAF didn't. The pens forced the turnovers, got the SOG, and played their style. I think tonight if MAF can step up and make the saves the Pens stand a good chance of winning.

-- ChiefMuzz

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The best saves of the night in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals might have gone to Rob Scuderi, a veteran defenseman whose one goal in 23 playoff games this season actually puts him ahead of his career scoring pace (three goals in 300 regular-season games). But despite coming to the aid of his goalie with three stops in the final 30 seconds of the Penguins' 2-1 win, Long Island's own will yield the battle of the crease back to goalies Marc-Andre Fleury and Chris Osgood in Game 7.

A slim majority of voters think the Penguins will win on the road in Game 7 (although if you take votes from Pennsylvania and Michigan out of the equation, it's a 50-50 split). But do the Wings have the edge in net?

GoWings2008

Ozzie kept the score the way it was with some great saves. He is on his game right now ... wish everyone else was too last night. I think the Wings played a really good game last night. The Pens played really tough defense and rolled with the punches really well. Home ice really has been the difference for them.

-- GoWings2008
PGHCap1116

I think MAF has played very well at home. Stoning Cleary last night on the breakaway was awesome. He plays rock solid when he HAS to, but has been iffy when the game isn't on the line. I'm optimistic about Friday night because it's all on the line, but a little worried because the Joe has been his Kryptonite (3, 3, and 5 goals in 3 games).

-- PGHCap1116

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