In fairness, the Stanley Cup Final shouldn’t be the only tour de force of examples the Pittsburgh Penguins must learn to quickly re-establish themselves as Stanley Cup contenders. There have been emerging trends since the Penguins wiped the floor with the NHL in 2016, and the playbook is changing.
The Penguins were faster than everyone else, and they played faster. As the league has caught up to the Penguins and Father Time has slowed the team, the playbook can’t be the same.
As the speed in the league has increased to near ridiculous levels, the pace has also become common. In other words, to be a fast team is no longer to be unique.
Is the Stanley Cup Final about Corsi? Nope. The Dallas Stars are underwater and have been all season as they give up more shot attempts than they take, yet they’ve been one of the top teams all season.
Is the Stanley Cup Final about physicality? Nope. Both teams are relentless, but neither is a team that will put you through the wall.