If you’re a Detroit Red Wings fan, the first two games of the team’s series against Columbus have been bliss. If you’re just a neutral observer, the first two games have been depressing.
Why? Because Detroit is too good.
Now I’m not ragging on the Wings; I just hope the Blue Jackets can harness what will surely be the awesome energy of Nationwide Arena when the teams square off again Tuesday night. As far as the Jackets should be concerned, one goal in two games does not a series make.
Detroit has been dominant, pretty much to the point that it’s hard to get a read on what the team will be able to do against stiffer competition. Is goalie Chris Osgood rounding into playoff form or is he just untested, having faced a mere 46 shots through two games?
Can the Red Wings survive a physical series against a team such as, say, Anaheim or Calgary? Hard to say, considering it’s the Detroit boys who are putting Columbus rears on the ice more often than not so far.
Not only are the Wings getting physical play from everyone, but some of the big, statement bodychecks are coming from players such as superstar Pavel Datsyuk, who also happens to do a lot of other things pretty well.
The power play is still demonically effective and Tomas Holmstrom is still a better door than a window as far as Columbus goalie Steve Mason is concerned, so things are clicking on all cylinders for the Motor City Boys right now.
Clearly a Stanley Cup hangover has not affected the Red Wings and though it’s gutless to make the claim after the fact, I had a feeling Detroit would not be first-round fodder like so many of their predecessors (same with Pittsburgh, even if the Pens are in tough against the rival Flyers). With two viciously efficient games under their belt, the question now is how long will it be before the Wings meet an opponent who can give them problems, let alone stop them?
THE POST-SEASON NEVER TASTED SO GOOD…
The playoff beard is so last year; in 2009 we do playoff brownies.
At the Kennedy Compound this weekend, my wife made puck-shaped chocolatey treats and iced them with the logos of the 16 playoff teams based on my crude sketches (when did I forget how to draw hockey logos? That’s all I did as a child!).
As each team is eliminated, I eat that brownie. So no offense, Blues fans, but Tuesday could be a sweet night for me. And yes, we’re freezing most of the brownies so they don’t go stale.
San Jose may have to come out early, however…
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Ryan Kennedy is a writer and copy editor for The Hockey News magazine, the co-author of the book Hockey’s Young Guns and a regular contributor to THN.com. His blog appears Mondays and Wednesdays, his column – The Straight Edge – every Friday, and his features, The Hot List and Prep Watch appears Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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