St. Louis has just defeated Colorado, 1 -0, which means they assume the 6th place slot, and we take 7th, due to St. Louis winning the head-to-head series with the CBJ. St. Louis is off to Vancouver, while we will travel to Detroit. Anaheim will battle San Jose, and Chicago will go up against Calgary.
There are some real advantages to this matchup — a better travel schedule, the chance to get some of the CBJ fans up to the away games, and an opponent we know very well. Detroit is formidable, particularly in the playoffs, but their goaltending is a potential chink in the armor, and we will not be intimidated by them. I would rather face Osgood at this time of year than Luongo.
Nothing easy in the playoffs, but we have what it takes to win. Hitch will have them ready, and it will be a helluva series to watch. We will be working on our tickets shortly.