Originally Posted by westofyou
All true, but really the BJs are not offensively driven enough to match up in 7 against the Hawks no matter how well the last four weeks have gone
The Blackhawks look invincible right now, but the Blue Jackets are a grinding team with a hot goalie. That can win you a series even when you don't have a lot of offense. Plus, Gaborik could switch into unstoppable mode for a short series.
I'm a bit surprised Jonathan Audy-Marchessault hasn't gotten more of chance with Columbus this season. All he does is score. He's got a bit of a Martin St. Louis thing going on.
However, I would not count out the Wings just yet, even if they're struggling to adjust to a post-Nik Lidstrom universe. That team could get 8 points from its final four games. If Detroit beats Phoenix tonight, it puts all kinds of heat on Columbus and Minnesota.