3 Biggest X-Factors for Detroit Red Wings in 2nd Round of NHL Playoffs

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3 Biggest X-Factors for Detroit Red Wings in 2nd Round of NHL Playoffs
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There is no doubt that the Detroit Red Wings face a tough challenge in the second round of the playoffs against the Chicago Blackhawks.  They are, by far, the underdogs in this series. 

The Blackhawks were second in the league in scoring and first in defense.  After a slow start, the Red Wings were able to finish fifth in defense but only ranked 20th in goals.

The great thing about sports, though, is that previous stats do not matter and they do not play the games on paper.  The Red Wings will be able to play it out on the ice to see if they can pull off the upset.

Of course, team leaders Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Jimmy Howard will need to shine in this series.  However, for them to win, they will need those second-level players, the “X-factors,” to rise up to help the team win.

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