Wednesday, April 11, 2012 8 p.m. Detroit at Nashville CNBC, CBC
Friday, April 13, 2012 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Nashville CNBC, CBC
Sunday, April 15, 2012 Noon Nashville at Detroit NBC, CBC
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 7:30 p.m. Nashville at Detroit NBC Sports Network, CBC
*Friday, April 20, 2012 8 p.m. Detroit at Nashville CNBC, CBC
*Sunday, April 22, 2012 TBD Nashville at Detroit TBD
*Tuesday, April 24, 2012 TBD Detroit at Nashville TBD
From a GM, "Detroit is the best team we've played this year. It's not even close. Their puck control is incredible...You have to hope your goalie has a great night to give you a chance."
Last edited by Fugu: 04-09-2012 at 03:31 PM.
Reason: added schedule
Depsite their struggles down the stretch (which all started with injuries), Detroit's a contender. Truth be told, i think that the West has 5-6 teams that can make it to the Finals, with Detroit being one of those.
The NHL wanted parity and that's exactly what they got.
They lose game 1 by a score of 8-0 with Radulov scoring 5 goals but subsequently concussing 5 different teammates in his goal celebrations. The Wings go on to post 4 straight wins against the depleted Preds and move on to the 2nd round
I think winning this series is more important to our future than just winning normal series.
If we beat the Preds, the team could be blown away again. 1st round exit, and maybe Suter sees greener grass somewhere else. Maybe Radulov doesn't come back. Weber leaves year after. Maybe their deadline deal UFA's won't come back. That would mean easier Nashville again in the becoming years before they raise the next generation on top again.
If they win and succeed this year, it's very probable the team wants to stay together and will become a heck of a contender for years to come.
So, we have to kill the rising monster now before it's too late.
Wings in 6 and sign Suter at next summer.
Shot differential (Shots for - shots against):
5-on-5 scoring ratio (1.00 scores and concedes as much):
Detroit 1.44 (highest in the NHL by far margin)
Special teams differential (PP% + SH%):
1st goalie winning percentage:
1st goalie GAA:
1st goalie SV percentage:
Just to think if we wouldn't have made it to OT yesterday we'd be playing the Yotes again in the first round. I'd like that matchup quite a bit. The Wings are playing better of late and haven't given up a PP goal since E returned to the lineup. I have no idea how we'll play now that we're reasonable healthy and should get Helm back during the first round.
At this point I'll take the Preds in 7 and hope I'm wrong. I'm looking forward to seeing how we play now that the playoffs have arrived. I'm skeptical that there's a flip to be switched but like I said above, I'd be thrilled to be proven wrong.
Every team plays harder in the playoffs. That doesn't make it a switch. Wings will play better, so will Nashville. It'll be a tough series. I'm not sure who wins, but that says something. Usually I'd say "Preds? Wings in 5"
So I have a couple of good friends who happen to be from Michigan (one is from Flint, the other is from Traverse City). Every season I make a bet with one or both of them. The loser of the regular season series buys the winner's bar tab one night with a cap at $30. We aren't rich here, but $30 will get a decent buzz going for any of us. This year the series was tied so Mike and I are going to just hang out one night and get lit (technically he will buy my tab and I will buy his).
Here's my thing, though. I kind of want to extend the bet to the play offs. It is a regular season bet for sure, but since no one won and the teams are meeting in the first round I figure why the hell not?
Double or nothing. Preds win, I get a $60 tab for free. Wings win, I pay a $60 tab.
Voted Nashville in 5. This team just has not shown the guts necessary to beat a freight train like the Predators have this year.
I'm hoping I'm wrong, but the Predators have a lot to prove and a lot riding on their success in this post season while the Wings have had extended periods of looking completely disinterested this year.
I still believe in "the switch", but we're pressing our luck by starting in their barn.