Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/15/13 at 02:15 PM ET
By Eli Epstein, TiqIQ
It took seven games, but a Detroit Red Wings team that almost didn’t make the playoffs showed up in a big way in the first round, ousting the second-seeded Anaheim Ducks in a series not many pundits expected the Wings to win. Not only did Detroit move on, they did so behind the stellar net play of star goalie Jimmy Howard, who posted a 2.74 Goals Against Average in the series.
Up front, the Wings had a balanced offensive attack, carrying six players who scored two or more goals in round one. Superstars Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk will always be the Wings’ bread and butter, but solid scoring outputs from grinders like Dan Cleary and Justin Abdelkader, which the Wings thankfully received, will propel Detroit to the next level.
Next up for the Red Wings is an Original Six matchup with regular season Western Conference champs, the Chicago Blackhawks. For the seven-game series, average ticket prices register at $320, according to TiqIQ. For games played in Chicago at the United Center, that figure will be $413 for Chicago Blackhawks tickets, while Detroit matchups at Joe Louis Arena will be far more inexpensive at $257 on average.
The seven-game ticket breakdown is below, provided by TiqIQ.
Game 1: United Center, Chicago $315/$112
Game 2: United Center, Chicago $353/$130
Game 3: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit $190/$64
Game 4: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit $256/$66
Game 5: United Center, Chicago $458/$163
Game 6: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit $388/$85
Game 7: United Center, Chicago $605/$183
Round one for the Chicago Blackhawks against the Minnesota Wild was a similar story to what hockey fans have seen from the Hawks all season long: stellar defensive play on the back end, balanced scoring and a brick wall in net.
While Chicago goalies Ray Emery and Corey Crawford split time during the regular season, with both playing spectacularly, Crawford was the man in round one. He started all five games and allowed only seven goals, finishing the series with a .950 save percentage.
In five games against the Wild, the Blackhawks didn’t squander a single powerplay goal. In that same amount of time, six Blackhawks players registered over 10 hits, an astounding figure for so few games. Look for Chicago to attempt to physically intimidate the Red Wings and clear space in front of Corey Crawford.
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