Detroit Red Wings vs. Dallas Stars Series Preview

Chris ZadoroznyCorrespondent IMay 6, 2008

Many people didn't expect to see the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Finals.  Most people, however, expected the Detroit Red Wings to be there. 

The biggest upsets of the playoffs thus far was Dallas, beating both the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks, who were both heavily favored to win the Stanley Cup.

Dallas is the fifth seeded team while Detroit is the first, winning the President's trophy which is awarded to the team who finishes the season with the most points.

Dallas took Anaheim in six games winning the series four games to two.  Mike Modano was a key player in the series wrapping up the series in Game six. 

Round two against the San Jose Sharks seemed pretty easy going into Game four because Dallas had a three to nothing series lead. 

In the end, San Jose proved to be a worthy opponent, coming back in games four and five making the series three games to two in favour of the Stars. Dallas pulled off a win in Game  six, in quadruple overtime, with Brendan Morrow scoring the winner finishing off the Sharks in six.

Detroit was great in both the first and second round. 

Nashville was their first opponent.  Nashville had never won a playoff series since becoming an expansion team in 1999 and this year would be no different. 

Barry Trotz has been the coach since the beginning, and was awarded a contract after they were ousted from the playoffs, losing the series four games to two. 

Detroit won the first two games and going into Nashville they knew they had to play strong.  Unfortunately for them, Nashville won the next 2 games to tie the series.

Mike Babcock switched goalies and Chris Osgood was the starter.  He has won every game he as played so far and Babcock plans on keeping him in the net for the remainder of the playoffs.  

Johan Franzen, Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, and Chris Osgood were the heroes of this series. 

On to Round two to face their arch rival, the Colorado Avalanche.

I read the predictions from ESPN, and they predicted the series going six games.

When I read that I was shocked.  I knew that it would be a sweep or maybe go as far as five games.

Johan Franzen was definitely the hero of this series getting two hat tricks in four games, surpassing Gordie Howe's record of seven goals.  Johan Franzen recorded nine goals and 10 points. 

An easy sweep for the Wings led them to this point now. 

Dallas comes to town Thursday night and the game can be seen on Versus at 7:30.

ESPN's prediction is the Wings in seven games. 

I can believe that, because Dallas is a really good team, but when Marty Turco is in the net at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, expect Dallas to go down real early. 

I predict the Wings will win the series in five games and advance to the Stanley Cup finals.