Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Beset by injuries on their blueline the Wings still came with a Niedermeyer doink off of Lidstrom's stick in the last minute of G5 last year from likely winning the Cup.
Barring disaster this season it looks like they are golden this year and likely they will be the lead contender every year until Lidstrom retires.
They have three of the top ten, maybe top five players in hockey. After a slow start to his playoff career Datsyuk has fifteen goals in his last thirty postseason games. And Zetterberg may be the better player.
Fourth liner Hudler has a dozen points, including last night's GWG, playing around ten minutes a night.
Franzen has twenty seven goals in his last twenty seven games. WTF!
Other than Brad Stuart and a few spare parts they have everyone under contract for next season.
Zetterberg has said he wants to end his career as a Wing. Think he'll sign? And he and Pavel are still young.
Kronvall is healthy and would probably be top guy on many teams.
Osgood gives them very good goaltending.
Getting depressed yet? Any way to move these guys to the East?
Because the Oilers have a long ways to go to be in this club's league. I've watched a lot of these playoffs and while the drama has not always been there the hockey has been terrific. And as much as I love the kids, they aren't playing at this level yet. A long way to go my friends.
The WIngs are tearing a very good Dallas team to shreds. The 2-1 game the other night felt like a 7-1 game. They dominated, which is weird to say because they weren't swarming Turco or anything.
They were just in total complete control. It never felt like Dallas would tie it.
Now the fact that the Wings have not won since 2002 does prove how difficult it is to win the Cup and that there are no guarantees. Hey, they may not even win this year.
But here is a fun fact - in the last 17 years! the Wings have had over 100 points thirteen times. The years they fell short they had 98 points, 94 points (won the Cup), 93 points and 70 points (48 game season where they lost in the SCF).
And this is in a league with 22 or more teams, not six. With free agency. And drafting near the end of the first round every year.
Yeah they had the money advantage all those years but then where are the Leafs' Cups?
Posted by Black Dog at 12:59 PM