Why would they be scary to play against in the playoffs? I hate to be negative but I haven't seen anything in this team to make me think they can overpower anyone. A good chunk of their wins were thanks to Mrazek keeping them in or playing against backups it seems. I don't think many teams really bring their A game against us anymore, except for maybe Ottawa and Toronto. Maybe Tampa.
Not to mention our scoring is anemic. If a team really goes into shutdown mode there aren't so many "gimme goals," which the Wings sort of depend on.
IMO...First off, our Goaltender. We have an outstanding goaltender in Peter. I firmly believe he could "steal" a series. I wanted to say elite, but I can't bring myself to say that (yet). As stated already in this thread, that right there makes any team scary.
But to go further on this....They roll a lot of young and fast, but have veteran leadership who have won Cups (Pav, Z, Kronner). They have a player in Larkin that could potentially be Calder Cup winner. They shown this year that they can win tight games, play strong 3rd periods, and find ways to win. Also, intangibles such as....the Wings have more playoff experience as an organization than any other team, playoff hockey. The Joe is not easy on the opposition as other atmospheres to play in (recently read an older article from former Avs players stating how the Joe was a nightmare...have heard this a bunch, Scott Niedermayer loathed playing at the Joe), Ummm....and because they are the F@#$%#*&^ Detroit Red Wings.
Yes, we have weaknesses and needs. Can you make a case for every playoff team and how they are scary, yes. But this year more than in the past 3-4 years, something about this team would scare me if played against in the playoffs. My glass on this team is HALF FULL!!
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