We could get into the second round but it is entirely matchup dependant. If we finish 6th and vancover wins northsuck division I like our chances. If we limp in 8th chicago sends us home. If we finish 7 I like us against anaheim as well. I want nothing of la it would be a close series bout they would grind us out games 5 and 6 so no 4-5 seed. Same time if minnesota wins northsuck I don't like our matchup against them. So best case scenario for us to get to second round we finish 7th. But if we get to second round Z and D and jimmie would have to play lights out for us to push chicago past a game 5.
Our next 4 games we should win 3 (phoenix, colorado, st louis), 5-8 we win 2 (nashville, vancover), last 4 we should win 3 (all but la). I believe we make it in barring a freak injury to one of our top6 centers our Jimmie. I just hope no matter what we do not finish in the 4,5 bracket facing la then one of the top two means we go home second round guarenteed.
I think if we get get the 6th and then play Wild/Canucks in round 1, we have a good chance of advancing to round 2. And then, anything can happen.
Playing Ducks/Hawks in round 1 would be very difficult, but if Howard can get hot, anything can happen.
i think the wings will finish the 5th. dats and zetta when back are just to good to be 6-8th. no other team in that range has better player on the first 2 center positions. i can only imagine what dats could do with regular hockey players on his wings.
I predict we win the stanley cup from the 7th seed position.
Then everyone here has to write letters of apology to babcock and holland....
If that happened, I'd name my first-born after Babcock. But I probably wouldn't write a letter of apology to Holland. In fact, I'd just consider Babcock to have brought home a championship in spite of Ken Holland's performance.
Anyone would have been a terrible draw for Detroit with Lidstrom and Datsyuk at 60 percent
I think Vancouver would have been easier. I'm not a psychic, I can't say what would happen, just stating the obvious that a physical defending team like Nashville that keeps the Wings to the perimeter, doesn't allow for rebounds, and has a goalie that stops every 1st shot is pretty much a recipe to beat the current Wings.
And you'll like to hear this from me: this year's Wings roster isn't any better.
My primary hopes rested on guys like Smith, Nyquist, and Tatar making impacts. So far none of them have had a significant contribution. Blame it on coaching or whatever, I don't care, the end result is they don't appear to be poised to handle facing off against top competition.
So we're left with hoping Howard is unbelievable and Datsyuk and Zetterberg can conjure up some magic. It's possible they get hot and go on a run. Maybe Sammy and Cleary actually step up in tighter playoff games? I know, I'm nuts. Still, for the first time in quite a few years, I don't have any high hopes for the playoffs.
I actually had some decent hope last year. They showed stretches of brilliant play, but like you said, limping Lidstrom and Datsyuk won't get you far.