On Wednesday, our beloved red sweaters are headed to Music City to start what may just be the toughest series in the West. Its a very even match, and the team is in unfamiliar territory with being the low seed. Nashville is one of the fastest teams in our division, and as a franchise are clearly trying to make a case to be serious contenders. If the Preds DO end up having a strong post season, Id expect Shea Weber to stay in Nashville, and continue to be strong contenders with some off season moves. Nashville has been drooling for this opportunity. A chance to knock off the powerhouse of their division, and to establish themselves. Remember that glorious hockey brawl that took place 15 years ago between the Wings and the Colorado Coors lights? Remember how people said THAT was a defining moment in establishing our dynasty? Nashville is looking for THAT kind of moment, so the Wings would be doing themselves endless favors by winning this series. Especially since many a Wing faithful have been hearing whispers of a Shea Weber pick up in the off season. If they can knock out the Preds, I also wouldn’t be too shocked about this happening.
There are some things that the Wings need to change…ASAP if they are gonna win this series. First and foremost, they need to get in touch with who ever it is in charge of team travels. I don’t think they have been making a majority of their flights for road trips this year. Or maybe each player has their own apathetic doppelgänger. Pick up your legs, skate.
Actions speak louder than words, and by that logic its clear what the Wings have been saying to us this past week: We don’t like showing up until past the halfway point in the game, and we really don’t like scoring first. We also really enjoy low scoring games. If that IS how they like to play hockey, they have this to look forward to:
The good news is this: With all the concerns over less than inspired team play, and Nashville’s trade deadline moves, people all over the interwebz are picking Nashville to win. And who could blame them? I mean these are the Detroit Red Wings. Since the lockout, every year(ESPECIALLY in 2008) they are:
- too old
- not tough enough
- not deep enough
- don’t have consistent goaltending
- don’t have good enough forwards
- not fast enough
So, Nashville is gonna win in 3, because the Wings will NOT be able to stop this team. Tell everybody this, because I want nothing more than to have people fall asleep on this team. When they broke the cup drought and The Captain lifted the holy chalice of hockey, everybody counted them out. I committed to memory most of the players interviews from the official VHS of that year, and many players( D-mac, Drapes, etc) said they were “flying in under the radar” when the playoffs started. So, no the Wings this year are not the favorites to win the cup. But this could be the cold shower the team needs. Not the favorite, no home ice advantage. I want to see us return to the hockey we were playing in January. If we do, Nashville is gonna be hitting the links, and Pasha will continue to drop jaws and haunt other teams dreams.
Check back for a in depth look at how these two teams match up together.
LETS GO RED WINGS
12 in ’12