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All Is Well, All Is Well:  Toolbag Picks Poultry

Whew.  I mean it. I’m frigging relieved.  Almost as relieved as JB after KG passed the friendship test with an F+ (Look…I like my Tenacious D references, but I’m not tied to them.  They’re kind of a staple here, but I can evolve if necessary. Let me know).

Why am I relieved?  Because Ted Montgomery, likely the worst mainstream hockey writer in the history of mainstreamedness, has made his conference finals predictions.

Anaheim’s speedy young forwards should give Detroit fits throughout this series. The ace in the hole for the Red Wings is Dominik Hasek. If he can outplay J-S Giguere, the Red Wings could win this series. The Wings have by far the worst travel schedule of any team still in the playoffs, and that could be a factor, given the relative age of the players on this club.

Prediction: Anaheim in six games.

“Should?”  Easy Ted.  Don’t let your wide load break that limb.  Travel and age?  That’s all you have?  Creative as ever. 

Here are a few lines from Phil Esposito, writing for the National Post and XM.

How can you possibly imagine how well Dominik Hasek was going to play, including a shut out to emphatically close out the series. He’s still flipping and flopping but most importantly, stopping the puck and you can say what you want about how much protection he gets. He had 28 shots on goal on Monday night and stopped every one of them. He is the Dominator once again.

The Ducks are younger, faster and stronger and rely on two of the best defencemen in hockey. So it stacks up for Detroit to lose yet again. But guess what? They aren’t listening. See you later Calgary, catch up to you next year, San Jose. Only Anaheim stands in the way of another Detroit Red Wing Stanley Cup final.

 

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com