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Poll: Red Wings vs Blackhawks Series (178 member(s) have cast votes)

Who will win, how many games?

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#41 StormJH1


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Posted 13 May 2013 - 03:14 PM

I watched all of the Hawks-Wild series.  I think the Ducks were a legit team, but the Hawks' regular season dominance is a more accurate reflection of their actual skill level than the Ducks' was.  Some Wings fans are programmed to remember Corey Crawford as that scared 3rd stringer that got forced into the Playoff game against the Wings a bunch of years back, but the dude is legit, and their defense is STACKED.  Minnesota created nothing against them.  They're basically a super-powered version of Detroit (not unsurprising given the Bowman connection).  Toews and Kane are "star" players that aren't as offensively dominant as, say, Crosby and Malkin, but they play hard all over the ice.  Plus, Chicago has redeveloped their role players, which was a predictable problem for them in '11 and '12 after their contract with the devil (and the CBA) to stockpile as much top-level talent as the old CBA would "allow".


But I feel good about Detroit right now, so I'm going Detroit in 6 (the most popular answer).  I would not be in furious indignation if Chicago ends up with a 3-0 lead on us - they are that good.  But much of this regular season really was an unexpected tryout to figure out which of our "B" or "C" level prospects could be NHL'ers, and what roles they would play.  Abdelkader suddenly looks like he's built for the Playoffs, ala Franzen or Kesler (not to that level, but you get the poitn).  Nyquist is a stud, and Kindl is worlds better than he was when he came up.  And there's few, if any, goalies I would trade Howard for right now in terms of how he's played in the Playoffs. 


If we get any type of secondary scoring, Datsyuk and Z will eventually show up.  But I do think we need a split in Chicago, or we won't be able to dig out against a team like this.

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 03:18 PM


Edited by Nev, 13 May 2013 - 03:21 PM.

"If I can be totally honest, it's not a lot of guys you get impressed by. Actually, it's no one else but him. From the bench, to see what move he makes -- you're like, 'I wish I could do that.' Sometimes you sit on the bench and just think, 'wow,' and you look over to the other bench and they sit there and shake their heads, too. He has great, great skills. I'm probably not going to play with another player who has the kind of skills he has." Mikael Samuelsson on Pavel Datsyuk

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 04:02 PM

crawford doesn't scare me. it's the hawks defense that scares me.


i think crawford faced the same amount of grade A scoring chances in all 5 games than howard did in one game.

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 04:14 PM

I've seen more wings logos than hawks logos in downtown chi today..

Keep up the good work !!

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 04:20 PM

When a goalie is below average for the first 2-3 years of his career and then suddenly becomes a stud behind the best offense and one of the best defenses in the league, that probably means he isn't actually as good as people think. If we have a big game against him early in the series, it could veer him off track for the series (see all 3 Chicago goalies in 09)

I think Detroit will stun the hawks and win one or even both of the first 2 games. Chicago will obviously regroup, but their first adversity of the year will be too much for them to overcome.
Wings in 6

Edited by wingsfan4795, 13 May 2013 - 04:21 PM.

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 04:35 PM

Wings should come out hard in game one and stun the somewhat arrogant hawks. Let them s*** in their pants and the good things will happen for the Wings. Go Wings !

Edited by arag, 13 May 2013 - 04:40 PM.

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 06:00 PM

Best chance for the wings to win is to rattle Corey Crawford early and often. He's really not technically sound or overly athletic in net. Coyotes took the hawks down last year it can be done but it's an uphill climb
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Posted 13 May 2013 - 06:02 PM

I love the optimism now by some of the same people that said the Wings were going to make the playoffs and the Wings weren't going to beat the 2 seed ducks. Support the team until the last horn sounds. The Wings just need to get a split in Chicago and the Wings fans will do the rest at the Joe!!!

*werent going to make the playoffs ^^^^

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 06:04 PM

Wings in 6, steal one in Chicago right away and be very physical against these guys!

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 06:30 PM

I picked the Wings in 7 because I'm a Wing's fan. 


Besides, it's not the Hawks I can't stand it's their fans.



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Posted 13 May 2013 - 06:38 PM

Think we can all agree, this aint the same wings team the hawks faced in regular season.

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#52 GMRwings1983


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Posted 13 May 2013 - 06:38 PM

Think we can all agree, this aint the same wings team the hawks faced in regular season.


I agree.


Samuelsson was injured then.  

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 06:43 PM

Hopefully we see some of this in the series.



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Posted 13 May 2013 - 07:03 PM

pressure is on the hawks...  hopefully the wings will come to play.   This series will go to game 6 no matter what.

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 07:10 PM

Ok, here it goes.... The ever on going debate Hossa or Franzen, Franzen or Hossa, which one should we have kept?  This series, for me, will end it.  Every last one of you no doubt know my opinion of Franzen and the choice I wish Holland would have made...BUT this will end it.


I am putting it out there right now, to all of you, IF either Franzen outscores Hossa this series win or lose OR Wings eliminate the Hawks I will (are you ready?) NEVER bring up the Hossa > Franzen EVER again! I might slip years from now, so if I do you can blast me and remind me of this statement.  Doesn't mean I still won't talk about trading Franzen for a player we may need more, BUT again, the Hossa is better than Franzen debate will be OVER when it comes to me! (I can see a lot of you clapping right now! :D )




If Franzen outscores Hossa (win or lose the series) -OR- if the Wings eliminate the Hawks (even if Hossa outscores Franzen) I will be done with the debate forever.....


If Hossa outscores Franzen and the Hawks eliminate the Wings, nothing will change, it will just be status quo....


Game on!


(if you want my honest opinion, I obviously hope that I never mention the debate again with a Wings win!)

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 07:24 PM

Wings need to be tough and nasty, the hawks if you can believe it had less/equal fights (depending on what you consider a fight) this year than us, they are one of the least physical teams in the league and according to their fans they lock up in a physical battle. The Wild aside form Clutterbuck gave them 0 physical challenge. Kronwall needs to hit early and often and nobody can give them any space physically, 

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 07:46 PM

Two months ago I would have said this was a Hawks sweep.


As it was, I would have predicted the Ducks winning in 6 for the last series.


Now, I am saying Hawks in 6, but I think it could be a Hawks sweep or the Wings winning in 6 or 7, I don't see very much middle ground otherwise.  It'll either be the Hawks running the Wings over, or the Wings winning a hard fought series.

Don't take it from fans on LGW, take it from his peers. NHL players have spoken and they think Tootoo is the dirtiest player in the league.

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#58 Marty Barry

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 08:26 PM

I actually don't hope for an easy ride for the Wings.  I want them to win in 6 or 7 games.  I am really scared of rust with this team.  If we can keep them fresh I think we can go far.

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 08:30 PM

If Jimmy loses the third period jitters we have a solid chance to beat the Hawks.

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 08:49 PM

Hopefully we see some of this in the series.




I still want to know where the heck that linesman comes from..he just materializes out of nowhere!

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