Originally Posted by westofyou
Freaky Friday for the Wings.
Finesse team for years often would get out grinded every other year in the playoffs and now are doing just that themselves.
Role players are pushing the Wings upwards, coupled with stellar goaltending we are seeing a different Wings team then the past 2 decades (at least the past month or so)
They are playing hard, Howard is hot and Babcock is a really good x's and o's coach
Starting around game 5 of the Anaheim series and excluding the first game in Chicago (tired legs?), I think the defense (beyond the top pairing) have really elevated their game, collectively. Seem much more confident with and around the puck.
I've enjoyed the Nyquist/Brunner/Anderson line. Nice change of pace with young legs and skill to boot. Nyquist in particular looks like a great talent.
And of coarse, as you mentioned, they are skating hard with a hot goalie and great coach. Perfect playoff combo. I'm enjoying the ride while it lasts.
This series with Chicago is about as good as sport gets in my book.