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1966-present: Wings will win the Cup! Lions will win the Superbowl!

Seriously, 2008 was the only time that I felt that it was destiny. Something about Mac coming back felt Kharmic.

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I like the way we look this year. We have the players. We need Ozzie to heal and I think we have to depth to make a solid run at the Cup.

My only concern is this, lately, we have been unable to win at home. If we finish the year where we are, we would finish 2nd in the West which would give us home ice all the way until the conference finals. (assuming all the top seeds win out) Because of this, our inconsistency at home scares me with the amount of home games we are going to have to play being a top seed. If we can find a way to pick up some momentum in the final home stands that we have, maybe the Joe can become a feared place to play again. We are 17-10-2 at home. That just doesn't scream confidence to me. However, we are 22-8-3 on the road. We have been playing better on the road.

If they don't find a way to make the Joe a stomping ground for any team that dares to step into it's confines, then we don't make it past the 2nd round. If we start to show up at home and our goaltending steps up(with or without Ozzie) we can win it all. Jimah(!) is a great goalie and I would put a lot of money on him taking us deep into the playoffs. With all that being said, we have a great team, a great coach, and a great chance to bring home Lord Stanley's cup.

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04-05- No season. Wings somehow don't make it.

05-06- Thought sure as hell they were going to make some noise. Damn Roloson.

06-07- Thought they had a good shot.

07-08- I remember thinking about 10 games in it was destined to happen. It was.

08-09- Thought it would work again, absent a 30+ second uncalled too many men, it would have.

09-10- Thankful to make it out of the first round after so many injuries.

10-11- Need to tighten up defensively, give Ozzie and Howard a decent rotation. Still could go very deep.

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I think we should be favored to win when Vegas makes their odds. I'm picking a Philly-Detroit final, with us winning a 5th Cup since 1997. I really don't see why we won't win, we're the best team with the most experience, plus we had some extra rest from a second round exit last year. Goaltending across the league is average, so I'm fine with Howard in the playoffs. I have no doubts the defense will tighten up once the playoffs start. Right now, with a big lead in the division, we're just killing time.

Actually going back to 1995, I've picked the Wings to win every year but 2007 (Anaheim), 2009 (Didn't make a pick, haha), and 2010 (Vancouver). Hey, I've been right 4 times with the Wings, and a 5th with my 2007 Anaheim pick.

I remember telling people when we got Shanahan we we're going to win the Cup. People thought I was crazy, but it was just one of those feelings that we were finally due.

Oh - I totally had that feeling the Red Wings were gonna win the Cup once Shanny donned the Winged Wheel.

As for our chances this year - I hope your right...The Wings play in our own end has ranged from exceptional to down right miserable.

I hope there is that magical "switch" that can be turned "on" once the playoffs begin otherwise our spring Red Wing hockey watching will be short lived.

Side note: for the past "umteen" years I've always associated spring with hockey playoffs; warmer weather, snow melting, fresh air, trees/flowers blooming, and intense playoff hockey all seem to go hand in hand...Am I the only one?

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I think everyone is just to scared to just say it: We are gonna f*** some s*** up this playoffs and win the cup

FTW.

It's just the same old spoiled, cool thing to do to predict an implosion.

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I'll take the last decade.

1999: Cup is ours with Chris Chelios, Wendel Clark and Ulf Samuelsson joining the team. Up 2-0 against the dives and going home, we have no chance of losing. :hehe:

2000: We're not as good as Colorado and Dallas.

2001: Good chance to win with Colorado being our only real threat.

2002: Please don't choke. We're too good not to win.

2003: Cup is ours. Roster is too talented to lose. Second straight Cup win very likely.

2004: Cup is ours. Another Presidents trophy and the best team heading into the playoffs.

2006: Same is 2004.

2007: Please get out of the 1st round.

2008: Good team but not destined to win the Cup.

2009: Favorites to win the Cup as long as we're hungry enough.

2010: Not getting out of the 2nd round.

2011: Philly and Vancouver are better. We're not good enough on defense and in net.

Edited by GMRwings1983

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It depends on what team shows up, in my mind. If we play like we did against LA on monday in the playoffs, the Cup is ours to lose.

If we play like we did in Anaheim last night, we won't make it out of the second round.

I feel like I have moderately high expectations, because I expect that this team is professional enough to flip a switch when the playoffs roll around and stop dicking around like they have been at times this season.

Howard is a question mark, but I feel like Osgood can stand on his head if Howard has a meltdown.

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I honestly don't see us getting out of the 2nd round...and even that depends on who we draw in the 1st round. Everyone else is going to tighten up their D, but we'll still be giving up at least 3 goals a game. Just a feeling.

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Motivation, motivation, motivation, like everybody's said. IF we play like we do on our good nights, we should at LEAST make the Conference Finals. The teams I am worried about are Nashville, who seems to have our number, SJ, who we know is dangerous against us in the playoffs (and this regular season, for that matter), and Vancouver, who is having a genuinely awesome season. We all know about the Canucks' playoffs record, but there have been times when we had a few rough seasons before making a Cup run, so I can't write them off. I don't know what to say...we have the ability, but do we have the will? (lol, watch out, I'm gonna start quoting Miracle or something in a minute here.)

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I love how before the season started everyone said we were hands down favorite to win the cup I just laughed at you guys.

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The playoffs are a completely different game. Nothing we've seen this season can give us an idea of how good or bad somebody will be in the playoffs. Everyone plays better defensively, Howard is very capable of just getting on a hot streak like he did last year and dominating. Philly is really good and most likely going to take the East, but Boucher and Bobrovosky have little to no playoff experience. I wouldn't be surprised to see them get bounced. Vancouver hasn't shown anything in the playoffs yet. I'll worry about them more when they get past the 2nd round.

I like the Wings chances this year to win it all. Nobody has more depth or experience. We have the best coach and the better players. Instead of focusing on what we don't have, focus on what we DO have.

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The playoffs are a completely different game. Nothing we've seen this season can give us an idea of how good or bad somebody will be in the playoffs. Everyone plays better defensively, Howard is very capable of just getting on a hot streak like he did last year and dominating. Philly is really good and most likely going to take the East, but Boucher and Bobrovosky have little to no playoff experience. I wouldn't be surprised to see them get bounced. Vancouver hasn't shown anything in the playoffs yet. I'll worry about them more when they get past the 2nd round.

I like the Wings chances this year to win it all. Nobody has more depth or experience. We have the best coach and the better players. Instead of focusing on what we don't have, focus on what we DO have.

yeah come playoff time everything is ramped up a little.

i guess that means that salei gets 5 hooking penalties a game as opposed to his usual 2-3.

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It's just not "right" at present time for whatever reason. The team is way too inconsistent. However, I think that's probably been a popular opinion in previous recent seasons like in 2009, and that team was just 1 win away from winning it all, the defense pretty much played lights out most games when it struggled most that season, etc.

Back last season, I felt fairly confident they could make a deep run b/c they played solid most towards the end of last season and got healthy, and there were just times against Phoenix where they just took them to school when it mattered most. None more defining than game 7 of that series. San Jose series, the referees were god awful that whole series, but it's not like the Wings were blown out of the water in just 5 games that series, pretty much every one was close but awful calls and just a few bad bounces and there ya go. While they exited earlier than we want, I think they still played a decent series.

I think a good standard is that when this team is as able to play as close to a 60 minute game as possible or have a good break or two go there way early in a game, they are as difficult an out there is as anyone. Right now, I don't see it, but they "flipped a switch" per se in 2009, at times last post season, so hopefully that might be a case again for a deep playoff run.

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I am completely stumped as to how this team will do! Like others have said the consistency isn't there but that doesn't mean it wont be during the playoffs. Early this season this team looked dominant so who's to say that team won't show up during the playoffs?!? It will come down to turnovers/defense and goaltending. If it all comes together they will win. If any portion of that isn't up to par they won't get out of the second round.

My prediction is they pull it all together and beat the Bruins in the finals! If Crosby happens to come back Detroit will beat Pitt in a sweep in the finals!

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We will win the Cup... Mark it down!

Bruins win the east mark it down

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Something that would probably make us feel a lot better is if the Wings can really limit the goals and shots allowed for the rest of the season. It would be a very positive indication that they're really trying to clean up their defensive game and solidify it for the playoffs. Yeah you also have to worry about scoring goals too but they should really concentrate on tightening up defensively.

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Bruins win the east mark it down

i couldn't be happier than having a DET vs. BOS final. that's the final i was hoping for when the Pens beat the wings. that was horrible to watch. atleast i could live with the wings losing to the B's. i just hope if the wings play the sharts or canucks that they come out on top.

the wings success will be determined by our goaltending and depth. howard has been up and down this year. abby has been useless. hudler, helm and cleary have been awesome lately. and franzen needs to play hard every game. dats, Z, Lids need to just do what they do. rafalski, stuart, kronner and ericsson stay solid and chip in with some points and the wings back end will be lethal. any of this falters, playoff hockey exposes mistakes made by these guys.

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This team feels like their primed to get upset in the first round unless they get lucky and draw Minnesota or something. I just don't have a good feeling this year.

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I love how before the season started everyone said we were hands down favorite to win the cup I just laughed at you guys.

Mindfly?!!

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If they gave it their best effort (which you can tell they arn't) and they lose, fine as long as you gave it your all, we havent lost one game this year that i thought we were giving our best effort, something needs to light a fire under their asses.

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