Well that was 'fun' for Detroit


Detroit, Michigan (AP) - Well that was a quick series and not a fun one for Red Wings fans dreaming that the team would rebound from their lackluster regular season and come with a Cinderella style run at back to back championships. In fact, the outcome of the first round series against Vancouver was worse than anyone could have imagined for the defending champions - 0 post season wins in a quick four game sweep. The series was closer than the 4-0 sweep indicated as three of the four games were decided by just 1 goal and, in 3 of the four games, Detroit actually held a pretty solid shot differential but they couldn't recover from the lack of timely goals or saves that were issues for them all year long.


Losing 6-5 in Game 4, Detroit fans may have seen the last of veteran goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck as he was given backup duties in the game as the team tried to do something, anything to shake up their 3-0 series hole. It didn't work out well at all as youngster Potvin allowed 5 goals on 28 shots and was pulled. The lack of goal scoring was an issue in Game 4 as the team had a 5 minute powerplay in the final 6 minutes of the game, losing by 1 - yet was unable to get the equalizer. It was a fitting and frustrating way for the champs to bow out. 


The team certainly will look different next year as the team looks to change up what clearly didn't work this year. Of course, re-adding a healthy Dan Quinn will be a good start as he was sorely missed after his severe multi-month injury. The good news is that Detroit will actually hold some solid draft picks - whether they keep them and add much needed quality prospects to their pool, or if they may deal them in order for upgrades in the pros will be seen in the coming month or so. Detroit does come in with the 7th OV pick (courtesy of Chicago, which they hoped may win the draft lottery but alas it wasn't meant to be), the 28th OV pick (via TB) and 37th overall (via MTL). A bit more of a crapshoot in the 3rd round but Detroit does have the 66th and 73rd picks in the draft as well to add a possible DITR to their prospect cupboard.