My hat goes off to Mr. Plank of Fear the Fin, a San Jose Sharks blog over on the SBN network. Mr. Plank gets it. He knows his limits. While some people might actually be out there claiming to want the Red Wings in the first round, Mr. Plank remains grounded in reality, and I commend him for that.
Mr. Plank just finished an article, like Casey did over at Winging it in Motown (you guys know that I contribute over too...right?) and took a look at possible first round match-ups. Here's what he had to say about Detroit...
Oh Detroit. How I would love for San Jose to slay that beast in the first round. But I am scared of you. You have handled San Jose well this year, and have been historically dominant at Joe Louis Arena for nearly the entire Sharks history (with all due respect to Jamie Baker's heroics). Franzen, Lidstrom, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Cleary, Holmstrom, Rafalski... the list goes on and on. I need to avoid you like the plague.
You and everyone else, Mr. Plank.
The fear conveyed doesn't stop there either...
With the Chicago Blackhawks looking like they may have figured it out finally, a two seed is still a distinct possibility-- if both San Jose and Chicago win out, the Blackhawks pick up the top seed in the West due to tiebreaker. Right now, the first seed is partially out of San Jose's control.
That puts a matchup with Detroit right back into the spotlight, because Los Angeles is only a point out from sixth with a game in hand. Frightening really.
It's actually quite refreshing to hear some pure, unadulterated honesty from a blogger who is afraid of another team. I'm not so sure that I'd be willing to be so blatantly honest about being apprehensive in regards to a play-off match-up. Not that I would have any cause to be nervous...ever. But I digress, let's check out the final relevant tidbit from Mr. Plank:
Outside of the Red Wings, San Jose should beat whoever they play in the first round on paper. It's getting them to execute right now that is the issue, and I couldn't tell you if that translates into the postseason this year. You couldn't tell you that. The trends aren't promising, but until game one, I guess we'll never know.
Give me Colorado and I'll be happy.
Your fears are well grounded, Mr. Plank. I tip my hat to you for putting them out there on the Internet. I know that everyone around here knows exactly what you are talking about.
And everyone in San Jose is hoping to avoid this...
This guy might actually kill Nabokov if you lose in the first round this year.