Dallas Looks to Knock off Another Western Giant

Joel DundasCorrespondent IMay 5, 2008

Its just about time for some of the most exciting hockey of the year. The Dallas Stars, and the Detroit Red Wings should pose an interesting match-up. The Red Wings are once again the best team in the West, and the Stars have beaten all odds and knocked out two cup favourites (Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks). Will lightning strike for a third time?

The key for the Dallas Stars to win this series is Marty Turco. Turco has been beyond amazing so far in the playoffs. Turco has posted a 1.73 GAA, and a 0.929 save percentage, topped off last night with a brilliant 61 save performance while only allowing 1 goal. The workhorse for the Stars Brendan Morrow has a knack for putting up points when needed which the Stars will desperately need. Mike Ribeiro and Modano will need to continue to put up the points, and defencemen: Robidas, Norstrom, and Zubov need to shut down the big guns of the Red Wings.

Detroit will have to keep on doing what they have been doing all year. Playing a high octane offence coupled with a strong defence is a lethal combination.  "The Mule" (Johan Franzen) has played above and beyond expectations in the playoffs posting 11 goals and 14 points in the 10 games to date. Henrik Zetterberg, and Pavel Datsyuk have both posted 13 points in those 10 games. D-men: Lidstrom, Rakalski, and Kronvall have shut down opposing teams offences all playoffs and look to continue that trend.

Keys to victory: Dallas needs to quickly hop on Chris Osgood. Goaltending is Detroit's weakest point the Stars are going to have to exploit this. Detroit just needs to simply take care of home ice. Win at home and they win the series.

Decision: The Stars will come out flying. They have confidence, and a big time goalie. Detroit has not faced a real challenge so far this playoffs, and will struggle with the Stars. Stars will take the series in 7.