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by Paul on 04/11/12 at 05:54 PM ET
from Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News,
Q. Not sure if you’ve noticed, but almost nobody is picking you guys to beat Nashville. I saw on ESPN, 11 of 12 experts took the Predators.
A. This is what I know about the experts — they get paid to make those decisions. But I’m here to tell you, I coach in the league and I have no idea about most of these series. They’re that tight.
Q. I figured a coach might like that motivational aspect. Do you find it strange being an underdog?
A. I just think sometimes that’s reality. We’re playing a real good team. They’ve loaded up, they’re deep and their goalie (Pekka Rinne) is huge.
But we’re deep too. I’m really excited about the fact (Darren) Helm will be available. You have no idea how much better coach I become when you put people in the right places. Without him, we’re not slotted as good.
Q. So, can you calm a nervous Hockeytown? The Wings have overcome a bunch of injuries, but I get the sense people don’t think there’s gonna be a run this year.
A. This is what I’d say to you — going into the summer, (GM) Kenny Holland and I talked a lot, and we didn’t even know if we’d make the playoffs. Then as the year went on, I said this is the best opportunity for any team I’ve coached since ‘09 (when the Wings lost in the Cup finals to the Penguins).
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