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Three Teams That Can Make A Splash In The Playoffs

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Columbus Blue Jackets

When you're making just your second playoff appearance in franchise history, "dark horse" is a label that applies. If they are somehow able to take down the Metropolitan Division-winning Pittsburgh Penguins, we'll upgrade them to Cinderella status. Could it happen? When you have the defending Vezina Trophy-winning netminder in Sergei Bobrovsky, that's a good place to start....

Detroit Red Wings

When was the last time you heard "Detroit Red Wings" and "dark horse" in the same breath? Still, that's what they are, as they will face the NHL's top regular-season team, the Boston Bruins, in the first round. This has been a difficult season for the Red Wings, who have gone long stretches without top players Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen and Jimmy Howard. But a new generation of Red Wings has emerged, led by scoring sensation Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurco and Riley Sheahan, which has more than picked up the slack. With Datsyuk back in the lineup and Howard back to form after a rocky season, the Wings don't look like a wild-card team....

Minnesota Wild

We're going to start charging Wild GM Chuck Fletcher for our services. The team has been on a tear since we wrote that the common belief was the Wild would boast the NHL's worst playoff goaltending and certainly the worst goaltending of the eight Western Conference playoff teams. The goaltending remains a potentially fatal flaw for a Wild team that has shaken off late-season stutters to play some of its best hockey of the season....

more on each of the three teams...

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MOWingsfan19's avatar

When was the last time you heard “Detroit Red Wings” and “dark horse” in the same breath?

Um, about 12 months ago maybe.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 04/16/14 at 02:39 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

this the same Burnside who described the EC playoff race as a Big Fortress (Boston) and several mud huts?

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/16/14 at 02:42 PM ET

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