There is nothing better than the NHL playoffs. It's a stress filled time of year that Detroit fans know all too well. We are the kings of playoff hockey, and our feast is about to begin.
Puck drops at 8 pm on FSD and CBC
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The playoffs are where true champions of the sport of hockey shine through. The regular season is over and everything before tonight does not matter. True players with heart will show up to play tonight. They aren't playing for endorsement deals, or goal scoring bonuses. They are playing for a chance to lift Lord Stanley's cup.
Players like Zetterberg and Franzen will elevate their game to god like levels. They will give every ounce of themselves on the ice. The Red Wings have been here before and they know what needs to be done. The playoffs are just as much about heart as they are skill, mix in a little bit of luck and you might just see a parade down Woodward come June.
It all starts tonight. LGRW!
DETROIT RED WINGS TEAM NOTES
DET is 8-4 all-time vs NSH in the playoffs (2-0 in series, both opening round tilts - '04 and '08)
DET is 63-51-1 all-time in Game 1 of a playoff series
DET is 39-52 all-time in playoff OT
DET is 19-17 all-time in playoff OT on the road
DET has won 59 straight playoff games in which they've score 4+ goals
DETROIT RED WINGS PLAYER NOTES
P. Datsyuk is 2 GP back of A. Kovalev for 5th place in NHL playoff history amongst Russians (123)
V. Filppula finished T-25th in the NHL in assists (43) and T-1st in points by a Finn (66)
H. Zetterberg's next point will be the 100th of his NHL playoff career
N. Lidstrom's next point will tie him with B. Trottier for 10th place in NHL playoff history (184)
N. Lidstrom is 2 points back of S. Yzerman for most in DET playoff history (185) and 9th place in NHL history
N. Lidstrom is 8GP back of C. Chelios for most in NHL playoff history (266)
Hmmmmm, my hockey team has a game tonight that starts during the Red Wings 3rd Period... Which game to skip? DVR-ing an already complete game just has never worked for me...
Bad news: Gary Bettman is in attendance tonight. Bad, because it'll influence the refs the wrong way.
12 in 12
5 for 5
Do it for 17 (We miss you, Eaves!)
Let the Octopi invade Turdsville
Feed the Mule
Unleash the Danger
LETS GO RED WINGS
Kenny says he thinks Helm will be playing tonight. Helm's practicing today with Miller and Cleary and he says he'll skate in warm-ups and take it from there (via Twitter)
Prediction: Rig has a breakout series against Nashville.
He'll be what Fraznen was in that Calgary 07 series.
Stripes for NSH-DET in Music City: Chris Rooney and Brad Meier. NHL series supervisor is Don Koharski.
What do we know about these zebras?
@drw91 "NHL series supervisor is Don Koharski."
It would be in really poor taste to send him a case of Krispy Kremes, wouldn't it.