Thursday, April 12, 2007

Detroit Red Wings (1) vs. Calgary Flames (8)

The Detroit Red Wings are very talented, but they are also a very overrated team. They finished first in the west, but they also played 24 games against the Blues, Blackhawks, and Blue Jackets. While the Calgary Flames are also very talented, they are at the other end of the playoff spectrum, the 8th seed. It's almost hard to believe a team backstopped by Mikka Kiprusoff, with the offensive tandem of Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay, finished this low. The Red Wings are full of talented veterans with playoff experience, as they always seem to be. They are lead offensively by Pavel Datsyuk, but they have offensive talent deep through the lineup.

Kiprusoff has the ability to singlehandedly keep his team in this series. Detroit goaltender Dominik Hasek has been on the downward slope of his career for the past few years, but he makes up for it with his experience and consistent play.

I almost want to pick against the Red Wings, but I just don't think a team with this much experience and talent can be upset in the first round. Especially after what happened last postseason. Red Wings in 6.

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