5 Things for April 28th: Red Wings Bow Out of Postseason
1. By most measures, the Red Wings had a very good season. They made the playoffs for the 23rd season, despite a slew of injuries and fielding a very young roster. There were lots of good signs, but it is hard to draw many positives from the five-game playoff series they just played against the Bruins.
The Wings were playing the best team in the east, and were completely overmatched. Boston pounded them, and Detroit could not match their physicality. The Bruins got a 4-2 victory Saturday to end the series. Jimmy Howard could not go for the 2nd straight game with the flu. Jonas Gustavsson was fine in relief of Howard, but it wasn't enough for Detroit.
Looking forward to the offseason, the Wings have a few unrestricted free agents they need to sign or let walk. Daniel Alfredsson is one player the Red Wings will probably try to bring back. Kyle Quincey and Jonas Gustavsson are players they will have to make decisions on. David Legwand, Daniel Cleary, Todd Bertuzzi, and Mikael Samuelsson likely will not be back.
Riley Sheahan, Tomas Tatar and Danny DeKeyser are all restricted free agents that will get raises. I would expect the Wings to extend their playoff streak to 24 straight seasons next year.
2. The Tigers series finale against the Twins was rained out yesterday. Justin Verlander was scheduled to start yesterday, but his start will be moved to Tuesday. Max Scherzer will start on Wednesday. Detroit will play a two-game series against the White Sox and red-hot Jose Abreu starting Tuesday.
3. It was another fantastic day of NHL playoffs yesterday. The Rangers are going to game 6 in Philly with a 3-2 lead. Steve Mason let up three goals on 21 shots for Philly, and there may be a little bit of a goaltending controversy for game six. Backup Ray Emery has played well at times this series.
The Blackhawks really put it to the Blues yesterday, ending St. Louis' season in ugly fashion. Ryan Miller struggled in this game, giving up five goals on 27 shots. He did not play as well as the team would have liked since coming over from the Sabres. Corey Crawford was great on the other end, giving up just one goal on 36 shots. The Blues were 0-6 on the powerplay, and lost to the defending champs in the first round for the second straight year.
4. The first round of the NBA playoffs have been very exciting as well. The Wizards took a 3-1 lead over the Bulls with a victory yesterday. Trevor Ariza scored 30 for Washington.
The Warriors blew out the Clippers, who were playing under some duress following Donald Sterling's racist comments. Steph Curry was 7-14 from three point range, and the series is now knotted up at two.
The Nets-Raptors series is also evened up at two. Tornto's backcourt stepped up big time, getting 22 points from Demar DeRozan and 22 from Kyle Lowry.
Finally, the Blazers outlasted the Rockets in overtime. Portland has a 3-1 lead in this series.
5. 35,000 people showed up for the green and white game on Saturday. According to Joe Rexrode of freep.com, the offense was very impressive and measuring up to the defense, which has been the trademark of Mark Dantonio's tenure.
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