The U wrote:The "Detroit will be the test we need to go on a long run" narrative is misguided.
The only team the Pens will really be a big underdog against is the Bruins. If you want the Pens to win the East, you need to find a way for Boston to lose in Round 1 or 2. The most likely scenario is for Detroit to finish 8th and for them to take out Boston in Round 1.
I don't see how somebody could want to face Detroit in Round 1 while Boston gets to breeze past CBJ because it would "put us in the right mindset."
Our ideal path would be CBJ then Rangers then Detroit.
We could lose to any team at any time, but if you could set up an ideal situation, this would be it. I find it hard to believe that somebody would root for a Detroit-Philly-Bruins path to the Cup Finals.
isn't CBJ->NYR->Tampa possible? that's clearly the best scenario.
if a team needs some sort of acclimation round in the playoffs, then they stink. it doesn't do anyone any good to bring the higher competition sooner. it's not like they can half ass it against detroit, but still win the series - and then come out the other side as an improved team. if you use detroit as practice, you'll lose to detroit.