That kind of forecheck has given the Wings fits for the last couple seasons now. And with our current defensive corps they're even more likely to get rattled.
Against the Kings the Blues have been leaving someone like Oshie out at center ice cherry picking and tried long stretch passes to try to capitalize on the forecheck. I almost wonder if the Wings should try some of that. If it even leads to one breakaway it might back the Ducks off a bit.
Otherwise it doesn't seem like they have a lot of set plays for breaking out of the zone under forecheck so it requires the Dmen to make a quick decision, probably take a big hit, and make a good pass.
That's why losing DeKeyser was so huge. He's our calm, cool, collected guy back there.
We get 7th, CBJ (from Ohio and like their chances of beating on Chi as they have all season with a maybe upset) at 8th. We may get a round or two.
Under this scenario I see (read as wish on shooting stars last night)
Round 1 West Only
1. Chicago beat by CBJ in 6
2. Anaheim beat by Det in 6
3. Vancouver beats Stl in 7
4. Los Angeles beat by SJ in 6
Van beats CBJ in 7
SJ beat by Det in 6
Van beat by Det in 6
Det beats the ever loving snot, pee, and any other bodily substance imaginable out of Pitt in 4 with TooToo administering the Coupe D'Grace on #87 as Bettman stands helplessly by. And while Datsuyk is handed the Conn Smythe he hands it immediately to TooToo for his heroics as McCarty beams from behind the Det bench. Also Bert gets his first skate with the Cup.
So shall it be written, so shall it be done.
I will put forth my good thoughts for this scenario!!
Kinda wished Hank had just rested through the lockout. Even if he built some chemistry with Brunner that lead to their great start, I think Hank is the kind of player who could be top 10 in scoring in a shortened season. But when he has to play 82 games he seems to go through long slumps where he's probably battling groin/back pains.
We need both him and Pav to bring it in the last 5 games. I haven't been disappointed by either one of them in make-or-break moments of the past so I hope they can muster up everything they have now and push this team over the edge and into the playoffs.
I'm still not convinced that Hank is healthy. At the very least that groin problem he had is still lingering.
I haven't thought he's looked healthy since like 15 games in. I think he's trying to be Steve Yzerman. The captain role probably plays a huge amount of stress on it as well does the state of the team. Datsyuk and Zetterberg know this team is build around them. As a captain and piece of the core, he's trying to play hurt. Now all of this is speculation on my part, but I wouldn't find it bizarre if true.