Wings lead the league in wins, are tied in the NHL for points, have the second best goal differential in the NHL, but we're all being secretly deceived and know they will get bumped out in the second round of the playoffs because:
Hudler, who despite having a career year, is 'the worst top best awful great forward' in the NHL.
Think a 3-goal win on the road without your best two players is a good thing? Think again. Clear indication of a team who is going to get knocked off in the second round, probably by San Jose or St Louis who haven't lost to Columbus this month...
why? They both had 21 points the last 2 playoff's and Hossa is a much bigger threat than Franzen, faster, stronger and quicker shot. The last two and a half season's is just proof who the Wings should have kept.
Hossa was on 3 teams that made it to the Stanley Cup Finals and put up a +11 plus/minus in the playoffs. Franzen is +36 in his career. Franzen averages .44 goals per game in the playoffs, Hossa averages .28. Franzen averages .86 points per game in the playoffs, Hossa averages .76. Franzen also had 5 game winning goals the season the Wings won the cup. Pretty clutch.
While I think Franzen was a bit overpaid, it was still a better deal than the $63 million bill the Blackhawks paid.
Not saying Hossa sucks, or Mule is better, but I think signing Hossa to that long of a contract coming off a couple of injury seasons wasn't a bad move when Franzen is pretty good in the playoffs.
I feel a big 3rd period for the Wings. Much like the last 4 minutes of last game. They were hungry and unbeatable. No way they were going to lose that.
They just need to minimize the odd man breaks and keep blocking shots. They finally started a hard forecheck that last period and started playing Detroit hockey.... puck possession, great cycling, and good higher percentage shots that aren't blocked.