Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 05/09/07 at 10:12 AM ET
We start our Mainstream Media Prediction Series with this nifty piece of literature from the Orange County Register.
They might be seeded No. 1 in the West this season, one notch ahead of the Ducks, but that is a result of Detroit playing in a much weaker division and having a softer schedule than the Ducks. For my money, the Ducks are the superior team, especially with the Red Wings having lost defenseman Mathieu Schneider to a broken wrist.
You know, the patsy Central references don’t even bother me anymore. And I’m sure they’ve never bothered the Wings themselves.
The last two rounds have blown that argument out of the water. San Jose, despite the bluster of the goatee’d maestro, wasn’t playing teams 1 and 1a from the Central. They didn’t beat themeselves. They were beaten. Soundly.
San Jose played an undisciplined, overrated Nashville team. Then they played the team who owned Nashville all year. The Wings have proven once and for all that there is the Central, then there is Detroit. And it’s not a stretch to say the Wings could have won any division in the West. Naysayers can argue with that, but it’s been proven the last month.
Pierre McGuirre was on the Fan in Toronto this morning. He said the Wings match up much better with Anaheim than people think. He said Lidstrom is going to own Selanne, shut him down as if he were still a Dive. McGuirre said Detroit’s hopes are not dimmed by the mediocrity of the Central, but ride on the stability of an insane Czech goalie. In other words, it’s as we’ve said since boy wonder Kenny signed him last summer.
As Hasek goes, so go the Wings. Stay healthy Dom…mentally. Angry, but healthy.
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