2011 NHL Playoffs: 5 Reasons Why Detroit Red Wings Are Rolling

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2011 NHL Playoffs: 5 Reasons Why Detroit Red Wings Are Rolling
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Ask anyone who knows me and they'll tell you I'm a stickler for accountability.

This being the case, let me draw your attention to this article penned by yours truly stating my assertion that the Red Wings are destined for an early playoff exit.

It's important to bring this up because I don't want to be confused for some wishy-washy, flip-flopping bandwagoner who's down on his team when it loses and starts getting all high and mighty when it wins.

Truth be told, I'm not yet convinced that the Wings will make it out of their first-round matchup against the Phoenix Coyotes alive.

Sure, they lead the best-of-seven series 2-0 and have looked good getting there.

However, they did start Game 1 down a goal and after jumping out to a dominating 4-0 lead in Game 2, they managed to make things interesting by allowing the 'Yotes to score three unanswered goals before the buzzer sounded to put a timely end to the contest.

As they say, a series doesn't really start until the road team wins a game.  So, true judgement of this series to date will have to be reserved until the wee hours of Tuesday morning (the series shifts to Phoenix on Monday, which means the puck will drop at 10:30pm EDT).

However, given their relatively pedestrian regular season, the Red Wings have come to the postseason ready to play, and play well.

Phoenix is no pushover squad, despite what some may say, so nabbing a 2-0 series lead is a very promising (if not unexpected) development.

Make no mistake here—by this time next week, we could be looking at a very different series.  The Phoenix Coyotes have a lot of pride and a bit of a chip on their shoulder given their tumultuous ownership situation that, when all is said and done, may see the team relocated to Winnipeg. 

For the Coyotes, and their small (OK, tiny), yet dedicated fanbase, it's "us against the world" right now.

That's the kind of spunk upsets are made of.

Still, as of this moment, the Red Wings are clearly in the driver's seat in this series.

Here are five reasons why.


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Also, tune in to the Knee Jerks Radio Show on the Sports Geeks Radio Network (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mkesportsgeeks) every Monday at 7:45pm EST throughout the 2011 NHL playoffs to hear me talk all things Red Wings with Greg Eno and Big Al Beaton!

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