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NHL on TSN Quiz: Who is your Stanley Cup favourite right now?

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Each week, the NHL on TSN panel voices its opinions on the hot topics of the day in the Wednesday Night Hockey Quiz.

As a follow-up, TSN.ca offers you the opportunity to chime in on all the big issues with our insiders. Read up on all the questions and answers from TSN's hockey experts, and put in your own two cents on our popular Your Call feature.

Question #1: The playoffs open one month from now. Who is your current Stanley Cup favourite: Chicago, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Washington, or Vancouver?

Pierre McGuire: They're all good, but I take the Pittsburgh Penguins. The major reason why: they're the defending Stanley Cup champions. They've got Sidney Crosby in the prime of his career, and Evgeni Malkin, last year's Conn Smythe trophy winner. The additions at the trade deadline - Alex Ponikarovsky and Jordan Leopold, and this is a team that understands winning and their coaching staff is calm, cool, and collected. That's why I think Pittsburgh.

Craig MacTavish: Vancouver - they are one energized team. I saw them play two games last week - they are energized, they have everybody jumping on the play, they have got great goaltending, and they have got a great opportunity this year.

Bob McKenzie: I will say the Pittsburgh Penguins, although I did have second thoughts when I saw the New Jersey Devils handle them again on Wednesday (so maybe the pick should be New Jersey). I'll stick with the Penguins for many of the same reasons that Pierre outlined. The ability to elevate their play and to draw on the experience of winning it last year.

Question #2: Of these players who have benefitted from being traded this season - if you had to take one for the rest of his career, who would you take? Guillaume Latendresse of the Wild, Peter Mueller of the Avalanche, or Benoit Pouliot of the Canadiens?

McKenzie: Latendresse. Those other two guys, Pouliot and Mueller, have higher upside, and they might be bigger stars one day...but then again they might not. You know what you're getting with Latendresse, and that is once he's gotten out of Montreal, a big body that can score some goals, play the body, and play a little bit physical. He's not the fastest skater in the world, but he's getting the job done as a solid NHL player.

McGuire: Latendresse. A big reason why: he's got 23 goals playing for the Minnesota Wild with a power forward presence. And if you get a chance to play with a guy like Mikko Koivu, you're going to be better, and that's going to make Guillaume Latendresse better. I think he'll be better than the other two long term.

MacTavish: Let's make it unanimous - Latendresse. The guy was completely off the radar in Montreal, going to Minnesota. As you said Pierre, I like where he scores his goals, right in the garbage area in front of the net. He's going to get lots of them.

Question #3: Teemu Selanne is wrapping up what could be his final NHL season. Who is the greatest Finnish player in the NHL of all time? Selanne, or Jari Kurri?

McGuire: I'm not going to date myself - it's Teemu Selanne. He had 76 goals for the Winnipeg Jets in 1992-93, he's just a spectacular player. He's played in - count'em - five Olympic games. He's just been a great player. The one caveat, with no disrespect to the players who were centre-iceman for Selanne, he never had the luxury of playing with #99 in Edmonton.

MacTavish: Pierre has to go on the defensive here because he is wrong...it's Jari Kurri. I've got the loyalty of sharing three Stanley Cup rings with Jari, and I'm taking Jari. That goal against Winnipeg was in Game 6, we were down 3-2 in the series, we were up in the game 3-0, they came back, it was 3-3, and Jari Kurri down the wing late in the third period with a bomb, and another Stanley Cup ring.

McKenzie: I'll break the tie and say Jari Kurri. I love Selanne, he's one of my favourite NHL players, but 100+ goals in 200+ playoff games and five Stanley Cups for Kurri, I have to go with Kurri.

Question #4: In honour of St. Patrick's Day, who is your favourite "Green" in NHL history? Ted, Mike, Rick, or Wilfred "Shorty" Green, the Hall of Famer who led the 1925 Hamilton Tigers players' strike?

MacTavish: I'm getting the "Homer Award" today, but I'm taking Ted Green. Assistant coach, head coach, I played for him, just a terrific individual. He had a great combination of toughness and passion, and his wife Pat might say a little bit of stubbornness - and I'll add, a slash of innovation.

McGuire: Mike Green of the Washington Capitals. No defenceman has had more goals or points over the last three years in the NHL. He's a fun person to be around, he was a great Saskatoon Blade, a kid out of Calgary who made his way as a first-round pick of the Capitals. And, he hasn't allowed the disappointment of not being on Canada's Olympic team to affect the way he's playing. He's playing fantastically well for the Washington Capitals.

McKenzie: I will go with "Terrible" Ted Green. When I was a kid growing up in the '60's watching the Toronto Maple Leafs, I didn't like this Boston Bruin defenceman very much, but he really played the game old school - I mean really old school. And how can you not like a guy who when he was a coach, and Shaun Van Allen of the Edmonton Oilers got concussed, and the players came to the bench and said he didn't remember who he was, Green says "Good. Tell him he's Gretzky and to stay out there."

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