I felt like this thread needed to happen - I usually don't do this, but seriously guys... Almost every post I have read (from our fans) has the Red Wings out in 4-6 games. It's not going to be an easy series, but what am I reading? Our biggest disadvantage is in net... and the other team has Ben Bishop starting who has NEVER played in a playoff game? Since 2008 this guy was a backup goalie before starting his first season last year, since then he's had 2 good seasons, or 1 fewer than Jimmy Howard has had and Jimmy's best seasons were a lot better than Ben's.
But who cares because..that's right! Petr Mrazek is starting in net for us - now were doomed! Wait a minute, lets check his resume...
2012 - IIHF WJHC - Bronze Medalist - Named Best Goalkeeper in the tournament.
2013 - AHL - All Star, Calder Cup Champion.
2014 - AHL - All Star, 2nd in GAA, 3rd in SV% - Played his first games in the NHL.
2015 - Named playoff starter for the Detroit Red Wings
See a trend starting here...
Well if the goaltending isn't as lopsided as advertised, were still doomed because in 2014-2015 the Tampa Bay Lightning averaged the 2nd highest 5 on 5 goal differential and Shots For/Against (for you analytic fans), and because playoff hockey is played much more at even strength, we have to be in big trouble! Like I said, it wont be easy, but playoff hockey is much different as we have seen our own teams built exactly like this lose to LA, Anaheim, Edmonton, and Calgary in early rounds as prohibitive favourites.
People lose sight of the fact that we have 2 of the worlds best defensive (and offensive) forwards playing against them... As long as we win those matchups, we can win the 5 on 5 puck possession game as well. Obviously, this mean special teams are imperative - but didn't our PP finish 2nd in % and 1st in goals scored this season?
Finally, no explanation required.
KRONWALL - ERICSSON
DEKEYSER - MARCHENKO
QUINCEY - ZIDLICKY
HEDMAN - STRALMAN
CARLE - COBURN (injured)
SUSTR (inured) - NESTEROV
Lets go boys.