The Malik Report
by George Malik on 04/27/13 at 09:30 PM ET
I'll write a quick take in a little bit, but after a nail-biting season and a nail-bed-biting last week, the Red Wings--perhaps despite themselves--earned what Ken Daniels duly noted was the team's first 4-game winning streak of the season, defeating the Dallas Stars 3-0 and setting themselves up for their 22nd consecutive playoff run.
The Wings will now fly home for the evening, pack up on Sunday and head to Anaheim to play the Ducks. The Free Press's Helene St. James reported something I've heard, and something that FSD's Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond reported:
(and yes, that would probably mean that Game 3 would be an incredibly stupid NBC matinee)
How far can the Wings go in the playoffs?
I don't know.
I wish I was arrogant enough to suggest that I knew better, but I didn't know if this team would make the playoffs--I sure as hell didn't think that'd happen after the team dropped those back-to-backs against Columbus--and at least they're not playing Chicago.
This Wings team is just starting to find its identity as the regular season concludes and the playoffs begin, and the Ducks are bigger, deeper and have been incredibly good, but who the hell knows?
Let's just be grateful for some playoff hockey for the Lidstrom-less Wings and enjoy this.
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