I liked out chances against either team (Chi/Det) but I preferred Chicago. I still think we'll beat Detroit again. Won't be as one sided as last year, but I think we learned more from our series than Detroit has from theirs.
Wings will be faster and tougher than last year. They're also much better rested. The Sharks goal is to have this series go the distance - 7 games is a series we could win. If this series has fewer games, that probably means we lost.
This could be a great series for the Sharks. Remember last WCF? Sharks were very well rested, and the Hawks only had a few days rest (more rest than they should have gotten because of East playoffs)...then they swept us.
Now the Wings are VERY well rested [and rusty], and well have a few days rest (more rest than we should get because of East playoffs), so who knows what will happen...
My only lingering concern, same as last round, is if the Sharks underestimate their opponents and don't play up to capabilities. Then again this is the Wings we're talking about so that should not happen.
All I know is, Sharks better nut up at home. 1-2 vs. Kings at HP is a disgrace. Of course for Game 1 the Tank will be rocking. The Sharks need to come out and destroy the Wings in Game 1 and set the tone, not anything like these last few HP duds.
Burrows doesn't know it, but he just screwed the Sharks out of the Stanley Cup. Road now goes through Detroit and Vancouver, and the Sharks D/goaltending is way too big of a mess to compete without those skilled teams. Even a vast conspiracy won't save us. Red Wings in 5.