Well, after you called the series over when the Ducks went up 3-2, I can definitely say you are no Nostradamus.
I am picking the Hawks in 7, but that is because they are rolling right now. The Wings will get a couple wins just from sheer will and determination. In the end though, Chicago is just that good.
The Blackhawks don't scare me. I think we could take them under most circumstances, but the deck is severely stacked against us considering how the first round went for both teams. Chicago had virtually no travel, won in 5 games and is going to be well rested. Oh yeah, they have home ice and the best record in the league too. Meanwhile, we've been flying back and forth across the country over and over again in a hard fought, OT filled, 7 game series against the Ducks.
It would make my season if we knocked out the Hawks, but I have a hard time seeing it happen.
I have been refereeing for a number of years now and I have done everything from Peewee all the way up to Varsity hockey in West Michigan. In that time, I have seen a number of rule changes. When they announced that they were removing checking from Peewee hockey, I was a supporter and still am today. For a number of PW teams and players, they are still learning the fundamentals of hockey. You had a number of players who were just out to hit and didn't have the basic skills down. Eliminating checking in PW hockey really helped the development of these kids. Now, two years after the rule was put in place, it really has improved the passing and chemistry of these games. Bantam hockey is a much better product because the kids are not only able to pass and shoot better, but the hitting is still there in that aspect of the game.
Now, some people think that no hitting means no contact. There is still contact, but its all about intent. For instance, if you have to players going shoulder to shoulder into the corner to play the puck, using your size and strength to get the puck is allowed. You can't body check someone out of the way, but you can contact the other player and use your size and strength for body positioning.
I know some people here are saying "No hit league" and that the rule sucks, but this is something that most hockey parents, refs, and coaches really like.
You never stop trolling with this bandwagon crap do you?
Just as the negative nancys never stop with calling a series lost after their team goes down 3-2. Adversity is what makes sports great. I certainly wish I could crap all over the Wings when they go down in a series or lose a game, but I just can't do it.
I am sure you were saying the opposite when Detroit beat Pittsburgh in the 09 cup finals to take a 3-2 series lead. Oh wait, Pittsburgh won game 6 at home and 7 on Detroit ice to win the cup. Nevermind.....
Gut check time for Detroit. We will see how they react in game 6.