From USA Today:
Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom says he is confident Detroit will be in the playoffs next month.
Seems a little contradictory compared to what was being said in the Free Press earlier today:
"We know we're right on the bubble. Playing like this, we're not going to be in the playoffs."--Nick Lidstrom
I was excited to click on a link entitled: "Red Wings confident as they push for play-offs" only to read the top excerpt from above with no actual quote from Lidstrom.
So...are they, or aren't they? You might want to check your sources, USA Today. I know that the fans sure aren't all that confident. People far less die-hard than myself were vocal about being relieved to take a break from the stress of following the Red Wings during the Olympic Break.
I'm sure many a TVs were switched off last night at or around the 5th and 6th goals scored by the Vancouver Canucks. Call me a glutton for punishment, but I like to ride it out.
I watched the entire Pittsburgh celebration on the JLA ice last summer. I watched the Canadian man-love after the Gold Medal game last Sunday. I stick with my team to the bitter end. Am I confident that they will make the play-offs? Yes. I have to be.
Sure, I worry about it when they put up stinkers like last night's contest. But I still have faith. I have to.
There's just no choice in it for me anymore.