Who Would Be The Red Wings Ideal Opponent In The First Round?
1. San Jose - I know this sounds odd because the Sharks are the top seed, but they choke each year in the playoffs and the Red Wings have their number. Is there a more overrated player in the league than Joe Thornton, who disappears each April and May and never sees June?
2. Phoenix - The Coyotes are inexperienced and lack scoring punch. They are totally about their system and goaltender, Ilya Bryzgalov. If the Red Wings score first in a playoff game against this team, that game will likely be over.
3. Chicago - The Blackhawks have goaltending issues of their own and some injury problems. Also, the Red Wings are inside the Blackhawks' collective head. But it should be noted there have been times this season when the Red Wings clearly lost the puck possession game to Chicago. This is a very skilled team, with several world-class players, led by Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.
4. Vancouver - The worst option of them all. Ryan Kesler is playing out of his mind and Henrik Sedin has been the best forward in the NHL this season. And Roberto Luongo's reputation may have slipped some - despite Canada's gold medal - but he is still formidable.
My column in Wednesday's Oakland Press: Five Reasons Why The Lions Shouldn't Take Ndamukong Suh With The Second Overall Pick In The NFL Draft: http://tinyurl.com/ydy6xrn