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from Brendan Savage of Mlive,
... when it comes to the Detroit Red Wings experiencing success in the opening round against the Boston Bruins, it might be more about offense, according to NBC Sports analyst Ed Olczyk....
"This is a much younger, quicker team," Olczyk said this week in a national conference call. "I think that's the way that they have to play. They're not going to be a physical team. They've got some guys who can bang around and I'm sure Niklas Kronwall is going to look for one of those big hits along the boards just inside the Bruins' offensive zone.
"But to me that will be a real big key, can the Red Wings manage the puck well enough and can they play a fast game and try to keep it a real quick game? There's no doubt that the Bruins are the team to beat for sure and rightfully so. The Bruins can come in four lines and the size and the depth and the leadership of Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara, but to me is can the Red Wings be able to play that real fast game to maybe get the Bruins on the run a little bit?
I'm not sure how I feel about this. Paul pointed it out in a comment over on KK Hockey and it's got me conflicted and a little teary.
But what’s really interesting is that the Wings beat the Bruins three times this year. Henrik Zetterberg might show up partway through the series, but if Gustav Nyqvist keeps scoring (18 goals since Feb. 2) Detroit might have enough scoring. Jimmy Howard against Tuukka Rask is a compelling goalie matchup.
AND THE WINNER IS: Wings in seven
As you are aware, Paul is asking for your Round 1 predictions. I was going to leave mine in the comments of this post, but I like a big room. And I have things to say that you need to read.
I have predictions. Quality, unbiased, research-driven predictions based on statistics, history, in-depth knowledge of the game and my unbridled love for the commissioner of the NHL.
And I'm going to share them with you right now.
Tocchet joins the list of others picking Boston. As a matter of fact, I have yet to see anyone pick Detroit.
I read a comment from our resident pharmacist this morning, HockeyinHD. Naturally, HD found an opportunity to profess his genius through the use of powerpoint, above-the-fray logic and shoddy sentence structure. His point? The Wings will get trounced, but we should be satisfied by the effort it took to even get this far.
While I think HD is a tiny man with serious esteem issues?
I happen to agree.
from Cornelius Hardenbergh oF Stanley Cup of Chower,
Niklas Kronwall is a dumb jerk of a Detroit Red Wing, and he always has been. Known for "Kronwalling," the act of using a lack of prior suspensions to prevent yourself from getting future suspensions despite dirty hits, Niklas Kronwall is the rock that holds the Detroit Red Wings defense together. Unfortunately for Detroit, they'd be better off with another guy named Niklas back there. But the other guy retired. Suckers....
Aside from not hitting and not playing defense, what has Kronwall been up to? Getting himself up to 10th in Defenseman scoring, is what he's done. The top 9 defensemen (in terms of points) all have over 50, and Niklas is sitting at 10th with just 49 (8 goals, 41 assists). This ties him with Daniel Alfredsson for the lead on the Red Wings. Kronwall also sits at 3rd on the team in PIMs, behind only Reilly's Brother and Kyle Quincey.
The Bottom Line is that we'll be seeing quite a bit of this fellow and I wouldn't buy front row seats this round, mainly due to him stinking up the joint.
a bit more...
Update, Breaking News...BREAKING...George just posted that Kronwall, DeKeyser and Franzen are all sitting. Good move, Michael.
Boston's Boston and there's no sense whining about what could have been had the Wings done their job against Carolina. Pittsburgh is weak, soft and ripe for an ass kicking. But they won't be getting it from us and Columbus won't be doing it, either.
It's Boston and we'll get to them in good time.
With the Philadelphia Flyers win in OT today over Pittsburgh, the Columbus Blue Jackets cannot catch them for 3rd in the Metropolitan Division.
So it comes down to this...
If Columbus happens to get just one point tonight, the Wings will need to get two tomorrow afternoon in St. Louis to finish in the first wild card spot.
If Columbus losses in regulation to Florida, the Wings will need at least one point tomorrow.
Columbus holds the ROW tie-breaker so Detroit needs to finish at least a point ahead of them in order to hold the first wild card spot.
If the Wings do finish in the first wild card spot, it will be Detroit playing Pittsburgh in the opening round.
Short, short, short on time. On my way to PETCO soon to see Joe Nathan blow a 9-run lead.
You know my feelings on this subject: tonite is a must-win, because baby Jesus promised me the Pens.
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