Originally written on Fox Sports Tennessee  |  Last updated 4/24/12
They say the NFL is a copy-cat league, in that the 31 other teams try to emulate what the Super Bowl champion has done the previous year. The NHL isn't quite the same, but it's also true that teams tend to react to their competition by building their own team in such a way as to neutralize their chief rival's strengths. Alas, after the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Eastern Conference in 2008 and 2009, their Atlantic Division rival Philadelphia Flyers went out and loaded up on defense, acquiring one-time Norris Trophy winner Chris Pronger, to be able to defeat the Pens' high-scoring tandem of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The Flyers advanced to the Stanley Cup final in 2010 and in the first round this year ousted a Pittsburgh team that many favored to win the Cup. With the Detroit Red Wings having lost in the first round for the first time since 2006 last Friday when Nashville eliminated them in five games, one must wonder if a similar thought process is going on in the Motor Cit...
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