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Wings GM: No Western team is unbeatable

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08:22 AM ET 03.18 | For more than 20 years, Detroit has played into the postseason -- something GM Ken Holland admits could end at the conclusion of this lockout-shortened season. The Red Wings enjoy the longest current NHL streak of making the post-season at 21 years. ... [Publicly], Holland would like his team to reach the post-season for a 22nd straight year. "Yeah, I want to make the playoffs. Yeah, even eighth. Anybody who makes the playoffs is good enough to win in the West," Holland said. "I don't think even the teams with all these points (the Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks) are unbeatable. You saw it last year with L.A. and with how far Phoenix went (as far as the Western Conference final). Every team is one injury away from a big fall."

Edmonton Journal

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March 18, 2013  08:30 AM ET

the other day i was thinking to myself that the pre-season paper champ Rangers are alot like last year's Kings. i guess all they have to do now is fire the coach and the cup will be theirs.

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March 18, 2013  08:32 AM ET
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And every team is one hot goalie away from a deep run.

and they have THE MONSTER

March 18, 2013  09:04 AM ET
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and they have THE MONSTER

But I hear Holland is dealing for Sievens.

March 18, 2013  09:06 AM ET
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And every team is one hot goalie away from a deep run.

Exactly

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March 18, 2013  09:42 AM ET
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He's clearly sweating having to play the Leafs 8 times next year.

I can hear him now: Thank you Jesus, thank you. thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.

By the way, did I say thank you yet?

March 18, 2013  10:11 AM ET

Anyone see the bonehead line change of the year last night in the Oilers Preds game ??? Now THAT is stupidity personified !!

March 18, 2013  10:27 AM ET

Holland also stated ???Every team is one injury away from a big fall if it???s the wrong guy." Which is not stated in this column, that is why he stated no team is unbeatable, now that being said I think its all Ducks and Chicago in the west. Detroit needs to look at the fact it may miss the playoffs and try for the super bonanza where all 14 non playoff teams get a shot at first pick.

March 18, 2013  10:37 AM ET
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Anyone see the bonehead line change of the year last night in the Oilers Preds game ??? Now THAT is stupidity personified !!

You mean the one with the shorthanded Oilers breaking down the ice on a two-on-two in the third period Kostitsyn opted to change rather than backcheck? That was awesome, he went to the bench and he put his hands in the air after the goal. Emonton should have went over and shook hands with Sergei for that one. That was awesome, I had all the games on last night and turned to that one when I heard "Whats he doing!!??" and then they scored. Maybe Sergei is thinking if he acts that way enough the Preds will ask him to go quietly.....

March 18, 2013  10:51 AM ET

"Wings GM: No Western team is unbeatable"

I hate to say it Ken, but NO team is unbeatable, East or West. No rocket science here.

March 18, 2013  10:55 AM ET
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You mean the one with the shorthanded Oilers breaking down the ice on a two-on-two in the third period Kostitsyn opted to change rather than backcheck? That was awesome, he went to the bench and he put his hands in the air after the goal. Emonton should have went over and shook hands with Sergei for that one. That was awesome, I had all the games on last night and turned to that one when I heard "Whats he doing!!??" and then they scored. Maybe Sergei is thinking if he acts that way enough the Preds will ask him to go quietly.....

Wasn't that great? Gotta look after that + - thing, you know. I hear Krueger and the boys bought him dinner at The Keg after the game.

March 18, 2013  11:10 AM ET

Easier to pick out those that are eminently beatable.

March 18, 2013  11:10 AM ET
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Had a dream last night he got canned.

I'm sure it's something only Hanks cats would eat:)

March 18, 2013  11:12 AM ET
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Holland also stated ???Every team is one injury away from a big fall if it???s the wrong guy." Which is not stated in this column, that is why he stated no team is unbeatable, now that being said I think its all Ducks and Chicago in the west. Detroit needs to look at the fact it may miss the playoffs and try for the super bonanza where all 14 non playoff teams get a shot at first pick.

If the Wings Ever get healthy (Helm, Bert), and the way Howard has been lately the Wings will be there.

March 18, 2013  11:19 AM ET

Wings GM: No Western team is unbeatable

except San Jose` in May

March 18, 2013  11:21 AM ET
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If the Wings Ever get healthy (Helm, Bert), and the way Howard has been lately the Wings will be there.

At the risk of sounding like a homer, I must say, if you count the Wings out you do so at your own peril. Yes, we do have some holes to fill but, we have a decent team that can play with anybody.

March 18, 2013  11:29 AM ET
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You mean the one with the shorthanded Oilers breaking down the ice on a two-on-two in the third period Kostitsyn opted to change rather than backcheck? That was awesome, he went to the bench and he put his hands in the air after the goal. Emonton should have went over and shook hands with Sergei for that one. That was awesome, I had all the games on last night and turned to that one when I heard "Whats he doing!!??" and then they scored. Maybe Sergei is thinking if he acts that way enough the Preds will ask him to go quietly.....

Thats the very one. I laughed just as hard seeing it again this morning on the highlights show. To quote the great Foghorn Leghorn " That boys elevatot doesn't go all the way to the top"

 
March 18, 2013  11:46 AM ET
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"Wings GM: No Western team is unbeatable"I hate to say it Ken, but NO team is unbeatable, East or West. No rocket science here.

Pens are riding mighty high these days

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