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.