Winning the best of seven series against either of Pens or Bruins seems more challenging than the last year when faced the Ducks. Considering how they played in recent playoffs, playing against the Pens would slightly raise our chance to pass the first round than confronting the Bruins. We have seen that the record in the regular season does not tell the whole story. Yeah, we have played against the Bruins well but we all know how strong they can be during the playoffs. I just do not see our rookies and depth at the both ends take their physical plays armed with size and speed.
I do not want to act pessimistic but our chance is not big for sure. Still, I want the Wings to prove me wrong. But we should not forget Howard was magnificent last year while both Gus and Howie look shaky this season. To be honest, I am quite satisfied that our kids have put this team into the playoff despite of continuous injuries. The playoff will be another task but lets hope they can give a great shot.