With summer finally getting closer to be finished and training camp about to start, I think it might be an interesting topic to discuss the new/old enemies and why some here (don't) fear them. For me there are two teams I really fear, because they are by far the toughest SOBs in the NHL.
1. Toronto Maple Leafs Maybe their playoffseason was a fluke, maybe not but in terms of grit and toughness this team is going to be a hell to play against. With the edition of Clarkson and Bolland Leafs have gained even more size and Carlyle has a bunch of options to play his matchup games against Detroit. They can role their skilled players, form a checking line or even send the energy line (Orr MacLaren!) out against the Wings. Over the course of a full season, checking everything that moves will leave a big toll on some of the older players and the skill might dimish even further. At least their goaltending and defense aren't that good so that should be a chance for the Wings but if the games are going out of hand, I really fear for our young guns and star players, Orr is going to have some fun for sure...
2. Boston Bruins Skilled, young, tough and elite goaltending. Finding a way to beat this team is not going to be an easy task and I really hope Babcock has some tricks under his sleeve. Detroit can't outskill them like the Hawks did, they can't outtough them either so the best bet would trying to make Chara tired and force him to play against Datsyuk and Zetterberg as often as possible. I know there are teams like the Penguins but as long as they aren't dressing MacIntyre I don't fear them at all, they might beat the Wings with their skill game but Pittsburgh isn't that tough and thanks god the careerkiller known as Cooke has been dealt.
Edited by frankgrimes, 23 August 2013 - 11:24 AM.