Blackhawks @ Red Wings - 4/8
Posted April 08, 2011 - 04:38 PM
Yeah, there's something to play for in the last weekend. Detroit could move up to the second seed with two more points than San Jose gets over the same timeframe. Given that Henrik Zetterberg's injury on Wednesday came on a seemingly-nothing play, though, I see no reason to risk it.
Chicago hasn't clinched a playoff spot yet, either, so they have a purpose. Chicago's drive and Detroit's desire to just get out in one piece don't match up well.
I know there are some Wings fans out there that would love to see Detroit sweep the weekend, which, coupled with a pair of Dallas wins, would knock the Blackhawks out of the playoffs. Just being pragmatic, I don't see it happening. Even if the Wings win tonight, I look at Sunday, in Chicago, with the season on the line for the defending champs, on national TV, against a Detroit lineup missing Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall... That's made for the 'Hawks to win.
So I'm not reading much into these two games and kind of don't even want to watch. Just get them over with and get this team healthy.
Posted April 08, 2011 - 06:38 PM
Posted April 08, 2011 - 07:06 PM
Posted April 08, 2011 - 10:21 PM
Yeah, it'd've been nice to get more than that. It'd be nice if the Wings had actually played well. They're certainly not inspiring faith right now.
If they can turn it on for the playoffs, that doesn't matter. If they can't, they're toast no matter how they play right now 'cause they haven't been playing well for months.
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