Found April 07, 2012 on
It wasn’t long ago that the Detroit Red Wings had lost six straight games and looked like a confused, beaten team. The Wings have looked better since then, but have still showed signs of shakiness that was not present during the team’s 23-game home winning streak.
I’m here to tell you to throw all that out the window.
Now, it’s playoff time, a time where the Detroit Red Wings have been just as good as any team in NHL history. With 11 Stanley Cups, the Wings have won it all more than any other team save two. Only Montreal and Toronto have won the Cup more, but neither has won since 1993. Detroit has won it four times since then.
The Red Wings are the team that nobody wants to see come playoffs, the team that is always there and always competitive. This year is no different, as Detroit spent a significant amount of time atop the NHL. The Wings boast an NHL-best 31-7-3 home record this season, making Joe Louis Arena a place that any team not wearing the Winged Wheel will fear.
And did I mention Pavel Datsyuk? Datsyuk has been a cut above the rest this year, and has the skills to carry Detroit deep into the postseason. As long as Detroit has Datsyuk, they have a chance to win it all.
The Red Wings have shown me some good things the past few games. Since losing to Nashville 4-1 on March 30th, Detroit hasn’t allowed more than two goals in a game. The defense has been shored up, which is something that killed the Wings during their slide.
On top of the talented Datsyuk and the improved play of a finally healthy defense, the Red Wings have showed a team with heart and experience. After falling behind 2-0 in St. Louis, Detroit was able to rally against the best defensive team in the NHL, scoring twice in the final six minutes to force overtime. The Wings went on to win in a shootout when Todd Bertuzzi scored a marvelous game winner.
Then, again today against Chicago, the Wings found themselves down 2-0 into the third period, but Datsyuk came through with more late-game heroics, scoring the tying goal with just 45 seconds left. It wasn’t as dramatic as his incredible game-winner vs Nashville earlier this year, but Datsyuk was once again in the right place at the right time.
The Wings were unable to win the shootout, but showed me that they won’t stop fighting in the face of adversity.
The Red Wings earned the five seed, and will play the very familiar Nashville Predators in the first round this year. I fully expect Detroit to bring their best game for this series, and I’d bet on them to win. Their talent is exceptional and their experience unmatched, two reasons why this Detroit team is right with the other great teams that have won the Cup in recent years.
What to watch for
It’s playoff time, and with Lord Stanley’s Cup once again up for grabs, few teams play better than Detroit. I look for them to get the series started off right in Nashville- expect the Wings to win one in Nashville’s barn
Playoff schedule TBA
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First Round: #5 Detroit Red Wings (48-28-6) vs. #4 Nashville Predators (48-26-8)The Nashville Predators will be playing the Detroit Red Wings in the First Round of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Predators and Red Wings will be playing each other in the First Round for the third time all-time. Nashville has finished the season off ahead of Detroit for the first time ever. Read...
from Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press, You will never figure him out.
Everybody around the Red Wings says that about Nicklas Lidstrom. Tell them you want to get inside the mind of Lidstrom—to understand his genius, to see what he sees. They laugh or shake their heads.
“It’s impossible to know how he can think that good,” coach Mike Babcock said.
Detroit played well enough to win this game, but they didn't get the breaks they needed to pull it off. The defense is playing fine, Howard is playing well and the forwards are getting good chances, but they just won't go in the frigging net. This has been going on for about two months now. Detroit claimed the 5th spot and will play Nashville. Not the best outcome, but I...
Patrick Kane scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday in the final game of the regular season for both teams.
Despite the loss, the Red Wings clinched the fifth seed in the Western Conference and Blackhawks finish as the sixth seed.
Viktor Stalberg and Andrew Shaw scored for Chicago. Patrick Sharp had two...
Paul for George…
from Ansar Khan of Mlive, After a seven-goal outburst against Columbus on March 26, the Red Wings have scored seven goals in five games. They have not scored more than two goals in any of those games.
“We haven’t scored a lot, but I also think it’s the time of year,’’ Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “I don’t think there’s going to be (a lot...
Last season, the Detroit Red Wings nearly dashed the Chicago Blackhawks' playoff hopes in the final game of the regular season.
This time, the Blackhawks could play a spoiler of sorts in Saturday's finale at Joe Louis Arena with a chance to help deny the Red Wings home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs.
Chicago fell 4-3 to visiting Detroit on the last day...
The complete first round schedule for the Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings was released today in a special one-hour show on the NHL Network.Wed April 11 - 7 p.m. Detroit at Nashville, CNBC, CBCFri April 13 - 6:30 p.m. Detroit at Nashville, CNBC, CBCSun April 15 - 11 a.m. -Nashville at Detroit, , NBC, CBCTues April 17 - 6:30 p.m. Nashville at Detroit, NBC Sports Network...
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Paul here for George.
You know by now the Wings will travel to Nashville to open up the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Pavel Datsyuk salvaged a point for the Wings late in the 3rd period to send the game to OT and allowed the Wings to gain a point which assured them of the 5th seed.
I look at it this way, the point just saved the Wings at least 8 hours of travel time...
The Red Wings and Blackhawks face off Sunday in the last game of the season, and the matchup ended in a very entertaining fashion.
The game went to a shootout, where Pavel Datsyuk led off for the Red Wings. He failed to execute a between the legs attempt, but the same can’t be said for Patrick Kane.
Kane imitated Datsyuk on the very next attempt, one-upping him by scoring on Jimmy...