David vs. Goliath...Rocky vs. the Russian guy from Rocky IV... The Columbus Blue Jackets vs. The Detroit Red Wings...What do these three have in common? Well, captain obvious might say they are all stories of a powerhouse facing a huge underdog, and my friends, captain obvious is correct.
However, even though the favorite lost in those first two matchups, the Blue Jackets will not be as lucky, or good for that matter.
What about the shaky end to the Red Wings Season? What about the energy Columbus will have being in their first playoff run in franchise history? What about the goalie controversy in Detroit? THE ANSWER: Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Hossa, Lidstrom, and Rafalski. It is that simple.
The Red Wings may not be entering the playoffs with their "A" game, but they will find their swagger by the second period of game one. As for Chris Osgood, say what you want, and for that matter, believe whatever you want.
But hear this loud and clear, you don't win two Stanley Cups on accident. You don't win two Stanley Cups because your defense is so good that you could have anyone in net, and you surely don't win it twice because you are a just a solid back-up goalie.
Now that all of that goalie talk is out of the way, let's get the facts straight: This will not be a sweep and there will be no blowouts.
However, experience and talent alone will win the series for Detroit. Look for Hossa to take his game to the next level and for Osgood to find his swagger mid-way through the series.
Oh yeah, Red Wings in six.