Are the Detroit Red Wings the Most Dangerous Bottom Seed Ever?

April 7th, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
You hear it every year around this time.

No one wants to play so-and-so in the first round.

This declaration usually refers to a seventh or eighth seed team made up of a bunch of plucky, young upstarts with designs on pulling off an upset in the first round.

Alternatively, such teams could be relatively veteran squads that didn't do much during the season, but are heading into the playoffs on a tear and thus, might ride that wave deep into the playoffs.

I'm not sure when the last time someone said, "Nobody wants to play the Detroit Red Wings in the first round."

If it was said anytime over the past two decades, the insight and profundity of that statement would be tantamount to, "Fire is hot."

Of course no one ever wanted to play Detroit in the first round, or any round for that matter.

They were usually a first seed, had just won a President's Trophy, were defending a Stanley Cup title, snagged the best free-agent available during the summer, as well as a key trade-deadline pickup that added depth.

Having to match up against a team like this is enough to give anyone heart palpitations.< ...

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