After a very "un-Red Wing-like" season, the team was able to regroup over the final week of the season. They turned it around and played more like the team we are used to seeing which vaulted them up to the seventh spot in the playoffs.
While you never want to take a playoff team lightly, the team did dodge a bullet by avoiding a first-round matchup with the red hot Chicago Blackhawks. The Anaheim Ducks will not be a push over but, if the Detroit Red Wings can continue their play of the last week, then their chances look better than they did a week ago.
While it takes a team effort to advance in the playoffs, there are certain players that a team relies on more than others. If they step up, then the chances of success are much greater. If they do not, then another first-round exit is more likely.