What will it take?

So I’m sure it’s no secret, I am terrified about playing the Red Wings in the Western Conference Finals. They are all that stand between the Stars and the Stanley Cup Finals. I have a good reason to be terrified, it’s no secret Turco hasn’t been the best against this team. The great thing about the playoffs is anything can happen. I mean, look at Marty’s numbers in playoff games previous to this year, not exactly fantastic (with the exception of last year.) This year, that’s all out the window. They are erasing the past and trying to work with a clean slate.

Despite already eliminating the defending Stanley Cup champions and the team picked to win the Stanley Cup this year, this will be their toughest series yet. I’ve said it before, that in Round 1 the Nashville Predators showed the Red Wings are beatable. However, the young Preds were unable to match the Vets on the Wings.

I’ll be honest that I didn’t watch a lot of the Avs-Wings series. And why would I? I hate both teams almost equally. However, I did read about the Avs having a lot of injury issues, which I do think hurt them a lot. Despite that, the Wings sweeping them was no fluke. There is a reason they finished as the best team in the league. So what are the Stars going to have to do to shut this team down? They only managed to do it 1 time this season out of 4 games and of course that was during the Red Wings slump while Lidstrom (among others) were out injured.

Whatever odd hold the Red Wings have over Marty Turco’s fantastic Smarty Marty brain will have to disappear. Marty has managed to get a lot of the monkeys off his back so far and I think this is another he’s going to have to work hard to get rid of. Osgood and Hasek are good, great even. (Boy it pains me to say that) but Marty is good enough to stand equal and sometimes even above them.

Our young defense and the rest of the team are going to have to work on shutting down Detroit’s top scorers of the post season; one namely being Johan Franzen. Holy shit that dude is good. I mean, 2 hat tricks in one series? How often does that happen? We can not, of course, leave out Zetterberg and Datsyuk. Oh hell, they’re going to have to watch that entire team. The entire team is a well oiled machine, and every cog has an important role to get and prevent what matters in these games: goals.

Brenden Morrow is going to have to continue being Brenden Morrow, and I don’t see that being a problem. That guy has played with his heart every time he hits the ice. He is the heart and soul and will be the one to lead this team into Joe Louis to try to come home with a win or two.

Special teams are going to be a huge huge part of this series, just as it is every other series. The Stars can not take as many penalties as they did early in the series with San Jose. Our PK is amazing, don’t get me wrong, but you can only kill so many before the other team will dig and dig and get that PP goal. Our PP will also have to be on. The Wings are a stingy stingy team, and it won’t be easy getting pucks towards the net.

With all this said, do I think it’s possible the Stars can shake whatever hold the Red Wings have had on them and pull it out? Yes I do, but it isn’t going to be easy. This will be a long, tough series. Probably will go to 7 games. But if the Stars that played that marathon Sunday night/Monday morning show, the Stars have the ability to take it in 7.

Want info from the other side? Check out these Red Wings blogs
No Pun Intended
On The Wings
Abel to Yzerman
Behind the Jersey


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One Response to “What will it take?”

  1. Lance B Says:

    It’s about time that someone like this finally runs for president. Cross your fingers for 2012.

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