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January 22, 2019
Campbell Conference Finals
by Michael Menser Dell, Editor-in-Chief
DALLAS STARS (5) VS DETROIT RED WINGS (1)
Those filthy Red Wings have had a free ride this postseason, getting the AHL Predators in round one and the injury-ravaged Avalanche in round two. And had Alexander Radulov not buried Jason Arnott into the boards, even the lowly Preds may have knocked 'em off. That series was 2-2 until Arnott and David Legwand got injured. And even then the Wings needed overtime in Game Five and a fluky goal from center in Game Six to survive.
Meanwhile, the Stars dispatched the defending champion Ducks in round one and outlasted a powerful San Jose squad in round two. Best of all, they did it without a winged-wheel on their chests.
The man most responsible, though, for limiting Datsyuk and Zetterberg is Marty Turco. A lot's been made of his 0-7-2 lifetime mark at Joe Louis Arena, but that's gonna mean a whole lot of nothing when the puck drops.
And expect Steve Ott to make things fun. Detroit's game is all about discipline and puck possession. Ott needs to be as disruptive as possible.
I still say Detroit is soft. Osgood is terrible. And the Wings haven't been tested yet.
Dallas in six.