The Malik Report
by George Malik on 05/15/13 at 09:42 AM ET
I'm just "getting my feet wet" after a full three weeks on the shelf with the norovirus, so I don't know whether you'd like me to dig up every Red Wings-Blackhawks series preview out there, but MLive's Brendan Savage did an excellent job of finding and compiling over 30 series predictions, and as you might expect, the vast majority of the "experts"--Savage included--don't give the Wings a chance in hell of defeating the Hawks:
Virtually everybody likes the Blackhawks, who were 4-0 against the Red Wings en route to the NHL's regular-season championship with a 36-7-5 record.
Of the 33 predictions MLive.com dug up, only three picks went in favor of the Red Wings, who posted a 24-16-8 regular-season record before upsetting the second-seed Anaheim Ducks in the first round of the playoffs.
The other 30 prognosticators picked the Blackhawks and one went so far as to predict a Chicago sweep.
Continued, and I don't need to tell you that the rest of the interweb feels the same way, but if you're interested in rooting for the underdogs in a fashionable way, here's some free advertising:
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