Insider Intel: The Hossa Factor
Marian Hossa's defection has helped Detroit compensate for a defensive decline
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?
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