Red Wings Winning Big In The Grit Department
It had been an issue in the postseason, when they upset in early rounds by Anaheim, Calgary and Edmonton. There was a thought that perhaps the reason the Red Wings coasted to the Stanley Cup title last spring was mostly because they drew every break in regard to the schedule.
Not this postseason. Getting an Anaheim in the second round was a tough draw. The Red Wings have had to overcome serious injury issues, particularly on defense.
And they have tough players. Daniel Cleary and Darren Helm are the consummate playoff-made forwards. Niklas Kromwall is a fierce open-ice hitter. Johan Franzen and Tomas Holmstrom give the Red Wings a special element in front of the net. This isn’t only a finesse team, it is a gritty team.
- You get the feeling the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals aren’t necessarily over? Me, too. Can’t help but think it will be the Kobe-LeBron matchup.
- Take Rick Porcello and Ryan Perry away from the Tigers and where would they be? Good young pitching cures a lot of ills, doesn’t it. It was good drafting and money well-spent by the Tigers organization.
My column in Friday's Oakland Press about Sidney Crosby: http://tinyurl.com/n73gkf
My column on the Red Wings in Thursday's Oakland Press: http://tinyurl.com/kvawqt
My column in Wednesday's Oakland Press about Mike Babcock: http://tinyurl.com/kptc2s