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From The Penalty Box: Can Detroit Really Win The East?

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these.  That’s Dad Life for you.
First, I want to extend a big thanks to everyone that listened to my podcast last week.  It was a lot of fun having Sam Fels join me to talk some Western Conference hockey.  If you haven’t listened to it yet you can check it out here.
But let’s get down to business.  I hinted in the last column about who I’m picking to win the East. 
In October I picked the Detroit Red Wings to win the Eastern Conference.  They won’t win the Cup, but I’ll get into that more in a later column.  Either way, I’ve had Detroit winning the East since day one.  As the title of this blog reads, can Detroit ACTUALLY win the East?
I still think the answer to that is yes.
But then a few other teams decided to all of a sudden remember how to play hockey.  The Bruins have been on a tear, winning 7 out of their last 10 games, including wins against Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh.  And the New York Rangers have won 10 out of 12, beating Chicago, Nashville, the Islanders, Washington, and Florida.  And Buffalo a couple times, but still.
And then I remembered again that pretty much all season I’ve been picking Detroit.  And then I looked at the standings.
Yes, the Red Wings are still 1st on the power play in the NHL.  And still top ten in goals scored.  But after going 9-3 in January, things have gone downhill slightly.  Detroit is .500 since then and is only FIVE points ahead of Boston for the 3rd playoff position from the Atlantic division.  And if you look at pretty much everyone’s power rankings, the Wings have been middle of the pack pretty much all season.  Man, I look so wrong.
So they aren’t exactly a world beater right now.  But I’m not giving up on this team.  I picked them back in October to win the Eastern Conference and I’M STICKING WITH IT. 
That just leaves the Western Conference.
Later this week I’m going to drop another column where I’ll get into that a bit more in depth.  Because as I type this I see one of my girls is trying to scale the TV in my living room.
Dad Duty calls again. 
New podcast will be up this Thursday or Friday.  My guest will be someone who will give me some insight as part of my weekly Predators Report.
See you on the Internet.
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03/16/2015 12:03PM
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