It seems that none of the “experts” are picking the Wings to win it all, in spite of the fact that the team finished with the best record in their conference. I can’t say I blame the experts for feeling that way, given Detroit’s recent performance in the playoffs. They’ve developed a distressing habit the last several years of tearing up the league during the regular season, only to be bounced out of the playoffs in the first or second round, so I must admit I jumped out of my seat in genuine elation when Johan Franzen’s blast zinged over the left shoulder of Flames’ goalie Miikka Kiprusoff for the game winner. I should also point out that I looked up both of those players on the Internet to verify the spelling of their names, in case you’re wondering whether I might have a sticky key on my keyboard.
So we’ll find out Monday night whether the Wings’ next opponent will be the Dallas Stars or the San Jose Sharks. Yikes. It only gets harder from here on out. I’m going to have to try to wind down for the night now and get some rest – I’m going to need that energy in a few days when round 2 begins!