This is the first time I can remember that I'm not optimistic about the playoffs. I just don't see us making it out of the first round this time. I hope I'm wrong.
It's all perception. If Cole and Franzen were ready to roll we'd be a favorite. A lot of chances for the kids to continue into playoff warriors and I think guys like Nyquist and Tatar are ready to take that next step after last year. I like our first round chances because the Wings will be playing with house money.
If Carolina is in this game in the third period with so much on the line we're doing it wrong. No excuses. No passengers. No complaining about calls. As we used to say waaaaay back in the day at Lakeland Arena, "head down elbows out" shifts needed.
Over? DId you say over? Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?
Yes there is a touch more urgency with Ottawa and Boston just a couple games back but as you'll recall the last month of 2002 heading into the playoffs that team couldn't find their ass with both hands either.