When discussing the tradition of not touching the Conference trophies before winning the Stanley Cup, I got this great quote from my friend Rusty:
Flyers have nothing to lose so why would they care about superstition? They aren't supposed to be here and aren't expected to compete in the finals so who cares? Touch all you want. Chicago is on a mission and don't want to do anything that might interfere so they stick to the tradition.
Guess what...It doesn't make a friggin bit of difference if you touch it or not! The best team will win; the team that works harder will win; etc.
Now if you put the wrong glove on first or the wrong sock, you're doomed of course.