So it's been a while since I've done one of these. It's kind of hard to not be repetitive especially against teams that we've already faced. But with a fresh opponent comes a fresh(ish) Pointless Preview. Here's what I got...
Category #1: Owner's Last Name
New York: Wang....
Kind of funny if you think about it. The guy has both a word for "sickness" as well as a rash-related symptom. His name could literally be translated as "sick, scratchy feeling".
Category #2: Team Mascot
New York has Sparky the Dragon
...because dragons obviously have a lot to do with Islanders.
Detroit has Al the Octopus
Like I said in previous Previews, it's one of hockey's oldest and greatest traditions (not the mascot, stupid).
Category #3: Not One Swede? Really? Not One?
Detroit: Hardly a Healthy Swede
Category #4: Mike Milbury was our GM (and was Replaced by Our Back-Up Goalie)
New York: He's been called the "Cousin Eddie" of General Managers
Detroit: Yeah, we passed on hiring Milbury
Winner: New York...Garth Snow actually retired from being back-up goaltender just to take Milbury's job...seriously...you can't even make that kind of thing up.
Prediction: Oh I dunno, I'm thinking we beat them in their barn by the same score they beat us in ours last year. Wings win this one 2-0.