The Detroit Red Wings entered these playoffs looking shaky. At one point in the season, they were right behind Vancouver in the race for the top seed. They then finished the season by losing 10 of their final 23 games. That record not only kept them from that top spot, but it also allowed San Jose to overtake them for the second seed.
To make matters worse they all of a sudden were having trouble winning at home as well. A 4-8 home finish meant that they had five more road wins than home this season.
One final dose of bad news hit last weekend of the season when Henrik Zetterberg went down with an injury. Initial reports were sketchy, but it did not look good and he would end up missing the entire first round series.
Despite all of this, the Wings came out strong to start the playoffs. They were the only team to earn a sweep in the first round.
What a difference a week makes as they now look poised for long playoff run. Here are the seven reasons why they will win the Stanley Cup this year.