Originally Posted by El Gordo
Don't get me wrong, I don't think Hudler is the second coming of Stevie Y or anything but the Wings were hit pretty hard with injuries last year if I remember correctly. With Hudler and Modano, they're that much deeper at forward which should help them stay afloat should the injury bug hit again.
As much as I hate to say it, I think the Wings will take the Central with the Hawks a very close second. Doesn't matter though, one of them is going to destroy Vancouver in the second round and meet in the Conference Finals where Chicago will get some revenge for two years ago.
The injury situation was by far the worst I have ever seen a single team experience. If Dave Tippett didn't do so well in Phoenix, Mike Babcock should have gotten the Jack Adams as coach of the year. He was outstanding. I'm still very confident in our nucleus and expect to do some damage in the playoffs again. A Wings-Hawks conference final would be fun, always is.