UPDATE: Here’s the highlights from last night’s 3-2 series tying victory!
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1 Because these are the Red Wings We’ll start with the Wings trailer for the 2012 playoffs.
2 … or make that 20. The Bleacher Report has 12 Keys to the Red Wings making a deep run for the Stanley Cup. They note that no team in major professional sports has had more consecutive playoff appearances than the 20 straight by the Detroit Red Wings. In fact nobody is even close in hockey with San Jose 2nd at 7. Over those 20 years the Red Wings have managed to hoist the Stanley Cup four times. Add in 2 straight 6 game series wins over Nashville in 2004 and 2008 and it’s hard to bet against the Wings.
4 Pavel Datsyuk, Predator Killer. He’s back from surgery and in the words of Predators defenseman Kevin Klein “He can stickhandle in a phone booth.” The phone booth metaphor is apt in this case as Datsyuk is the most prolific Predator killer in Red Wings history with 59 points in 57 games all-time against Nashville.
5 Detroit IS Hockeytown. In 2012 the Wings proved that true with an NHL record 23 game winning streak en route to a 31-7-3 home record. The Joe Louis Arena is perhaps the most fearsome place to play in all of sports – let the octopi fly!