I seriously doubt the NHL has consciously tried to sway the outcome of its playoff series to arrive at this outcome. That said, I doubt anyone in the league office is complaining “about a Detroit-Pittsburgh final”:http://scores.espn.go.com/nhl/recap?gameId=280519009.
Because let’s face it: with or without the Rangers, these playoffs have been good, but not great. Only three series have gone to a Game 7, and all of those were in the first round; and the only two Game 6s in the ensuing two rounds were the result of last-gasp efforts from teams rallying from 3-0 deficits.
Given the level both the Pens and Red Wings have played at, I can’t imagine one team running too far away from the other. And whereas I originally thought the Wings were the clear-cut favorite, I am now not so sure.
Either way, I’ll be watching. Hopefully, plenty of others will be, too….