In the all important game 2, the Red Wings will look to even up the series against their hated rivals the Chicago Blackhawks.
After watching game one of the conference semifinals series between the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks, I have realized two things: 1. The Chicago Blackhawks is probably the most complete team in the NHL. 2. There is way too many Blackhawks fans in the state of Michigan.
Like what’s up with that. It’s not like the Red Wings haven’t given us something to cheer about, they have mad it to the playoffs the last 22 seasons, which ranks 5th all-time of post-season appearance streaks. The Red Wings also rank 3rd all-time as a franchise with most NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Championships with 11. When you think MLB you think of the New York Yankees. When you think NBA you think of the Boston Celtics or the Los Angeles Lakers.When you think NFL you think of the New England Patriots or Dallas Cowboys (it matters the era you grew up in). And when you think NHL, you think of the Detroit Red Wings. We have-and-still-are the face of the league, so slow down with that Blackhawk cheering Chicago fans, especially if your from the state of Michigan.
But back to the analysis of game one, where the Blackhawks practically owned the night as if they were Mark Wahlberg or something. They shot twice as much shots as the Red Wings did in game one, finishing the day with 42 shots on goal whereas Detroit only landed 21. Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard had a terrific performance with 38 saves, but even that wasn’t enough as the Blackhawks beat the Wings for the 8th straight time dating back to last season.
If the Red Wings look to even this series up against their long-time rival Blackhawks, they’ll have to do it by controlling the possession and taking advantage on the power play. The Chicago Blackhawks penalty kill this postseason is as perfect as a blonde country girl wearing a sundress on a beautiful sunday morning.
But seriously though, going 20 for 20 on penalty kills through their first six post-season games is kind of ridiculous. Having a one man advantage on the ice gives the team on the power play all the momentum during that part of the game, but if the short handed team holds off the opposing team from scoring a goal, well then all the momentum shifts to their end. And in this case with Chicago playing at home in front of a sold pack crowd at the United Center, being perfect on the penalty kill is a formula for disaster for the opposing team, and in this case that team being the Red Wings.
In game 2 expect the Red Wings to come out shooting at the Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford. If you expect to put more points on the board, you have to put up more shots on target than 21.Especially when your going up against stars like Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Sharp (who is the scoring leader for the Blackhawks in the 2013 playoffs), you know points will be scored on their end. Detroit will play a better game from the beginning to finish, but too much star power from the Blackhawks will have them going up 2-0 in the series.
Final score of game 2 will be 3-2 in favor of the Chicago Blackhawks.