Off-Ice Instigating

Detroit Makes It 22 On Quest To Make It 12

April in the D is almost over; but hopefully that does not mean Johan Franzen is done playing.

April is when the Mule finally decides to wake up and play some hockey and he did not disappoint in that fashion yet again.

Captain Henrik Zetterberg was not about to allow the Red Wings to miss their 22nd straight trip the NHL post season on his watch. The Red Wings captain scored two of the three goals in the final regular season game.

After 21 years of successful playoff bidding, it was a change for Hockeytown for it to come down to the wire to clinch a playoff spot. It was fun, it was exciting, it was great in those aspects but how about going back to the knowing for two weeks so that half of the fan base isn’t staring a heart attack in the face?

Wings are in. 22 straight. What a ride in the post Lidstrom Era.

We have roughly 36 more hours of celebrating left in Hockeytown before puck drops in Anaheim and the quest for the Cup begins.

Here are my predictions for the first round:

Starting with the East Coast Bias:

Penguins in six.

Canadiens in five.

Capitals in seven.

Bruins in five.

Late night forgotten on TV Western Conference:

Hawks in four.

Wings in six.

Sharks in five.

Kings in seven.

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