By DAVE DYEFOXSportsDetroit.com
DETROIT The Detroit Red Wings have played the unfamiliar role of underdog quite well during these playoffs, eliminating No. 2 seed Anaheim and taking a three-games-to-one lead on top seed Chicago.
The expectations, however, changed considerably once they put the Blackhawks on the brink of elimination after Game 4.
The Wings didnt seem to handle it all so well the other night in a lethargic, 4-1 loss in Chicago in Game 5, but they get another chance to close out the series Monday night at Joe Louis Arena.
A victory puts them in the Western Conference final against either Los Angeles or San Jose.
Its a matter of not taking anything for granted, Detroit defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo said following the morning skate. Were not putting too much pressure on ourselves. Go out there, have fun, enjoy the moment and be excited about it.
Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson added: Our desperation level has to be higher.
Forward Justin Abdelkader said the Wings are ...