Mack wrote the unbiased first paragraph. Great job buddy! Unfortunately I wrote the rest.
These two storied original 6 rivals are meeting tonight, on the 87th anniversary that they entered the league together for the 16th time in the playoffs. Historically the Red Wings have had the better time in the playoffs, winning 11 Stanley Cups compared to the Blackhawks 4, but things look a little different this time around. Chicago defeated Minnesota with ease in 5 in round one, while the Wings took out the Ducks in 7. Detroit came back from 3-2 in the series, winning two in a row. The series was lackluster on the Wings end, just sneaking by, winning game 7 while seemingly not playing the Wings style. It goes to show what a resilient group Detroit has, never giving up which could be the thing that breaks Chicago’s back. The Blackhawks are a force to be reckoned with, a fast, high intensity, group that can break a game open at any moment. The Hawks are going into round 2 with the third highest goals per game of any team, behind Ottawa and Pittsburgh, which could be a problem for the Red Wings netminder, Howard, and his 2.74 GAA, the highest of any remaining goalie aside from Fleury who has taken a backseat in Pittsburgh in exchange for Tomas Vokoun. This series will be a very exciting one, the best on of round two in my opinion. Not often do we get to see two such storied franchises duke it out in exchange for a ticket to the Western Conference Finals.
Record going into the playoffs:
Last Second Round Appearance:
Hawks: The last time the Blackhawks appeared in the Western Conference Semifinals was in the 2009-2010 season. They beat the Canucks in 6 games and went on to win the Stanley Cup.
Wings: In the 2010-2011 season the Wings lost to the Sharks in game seven of the semifinals.
Hawks: Michal Handzus has missed a few practices for “maintenance” and is tentative for tonight’s game.
Wings: The Wings did not fair as well in the injury department. Both Darren Helm (back) and Danny DeKeyser (broken thumb) are out for the series. Drew Miller, who has been out with a finger/hand fracture, is expected to return to the ice sometime during the next few games. Jimmy Howard will play but he has been having some hamstring issues.
3 Keys To Winning:
1. Crowd the net and shoot low.
Jimmy Howard’s hamstrings have been acting up lately. His lower body reactions are going to be slower than normal. If you can constantly fire low shots off the Hawks will score quickly.
2. Keep the turn overs to a minimum.
The Hawks are the kings of the bakery. They constantly make turnover after turnover. Minimize the turnovers, Minimize goals scored against.
3. Win in regulation.
Do yourself (and your fans) a favor and in in regulation. This is going to be an intense series and the quicker you end it the better.
1. Don’t leave Kane unsupervised.
Nothing good ever comes from leaving Patrick Kane unsupervised. He will take advantage of the situation and create a beautiful play that leads to a goal. Keep your eye on Kane no matter what.
2. Get Sharp to take a stupid penalty.
When Sharp isn’t on the ice for an extended period of time it’s as if the Hawks forget how to play hockey. They become sloppy, erratic, and unmotivated. It’s a little baffling. The only reason I can come up with is they all try to impress him so that they may end up in his handsome manly embrace when they score.
3. Cheap Shots? Don’t do it.
Don’t take cheap shots at Seabrook, Toews, or Hossa. It only sets the Hawks on fire and you’ll have a hard time extinguishing the flame.
Bring out your brooms. I believe the Hawks will sweep the Wings. The Wings barely squeaked by the Ducks and the Hawks are by far a much superior team.
Which Mascot Would Win In A Fight:
Hands down Tommy Hawk (Hawks) would win in a fight against Al (Wings). My answer is based solely on Tommy Hawk’s creep factor. I’m surprised Criminal Minds has yet to write an episode dedicated to the creepiness that is Tommy “the adult molester” Hawk. He is a hug lingerer. He has a habit of caressing your hair and sometimes tries to hold your hand. You can feel Tommy Hawk staring at you from across the arena. When you go to the United Center you can’t walk along the walls because Tommy Hawk will corner you. He will make you hug him. I wouldn’t be surprised if Tommy Hawk owned a white windowless van with the words “Free Malort” written on the side of the van. So yes, Tommy Hawk would win this battle. Tommy Hawk may not be strong enough to win a physical battle but the memory he leaves will give you nightmares for years. Just the mention of the name “Tommy” will cause you to curl up in the corner and cry like a baby. Your brain will shut down rendering you defenseless against anything life throws at you.*shudder*
Don’t ever give Tommy Hawk your number. You may get photos like this on a daily basis.