Insider Intel: The Hossa Factor

Marian Hossa's defection has helped Detroit compensate for a defensive decline

Originally Published: May 29, 2009
By Robert Vollman | Puck Prospectus
Marian Hossa Getty ImagesMarian Hossa's uniform isn't the biggest difference from last year, but it may be the most important.

Picture it: Game 1 of the 2008 Stanley Cup finals, almost exactly one year ago today. The Penguins and Red Wings line up to take the opening face off. Suddenly Marian Hossa removes his Penguins jersey, puts on a Red Wings jersey, and crosses over to Detroit's side.

Historically, the Red Wings won the series in six games, outscoring Pittsburgh 17-10, but how will things change with Hossa suiting up for Detroit?