The message was simple: Get into the playoffs, and anything can happen. A hundred days after general manager Ken Holland sent the Red Wings into the regular season with that directive, they exited having accomplished the first. Now, anything really can happen. The Wings enter the playoffs as the seventh seed in the Western Conference and begin their Stanley Cup campaign tonight at Honda Center when they take on the Anaheim Ducks in Game1 of the best-of-seven series. “If you’re not a believer in that all you’ve got to do is get in and you have a chance to win,” Daniel Cleary said Monday, “you’re obviously not looking at the big picture, and the past. “We don’t go into it as a huge underdog, quite frankly. We think we’re a good team.” It was only last year that the Los Angeles Kings crept into the playoffs with the eighth seed in the West and 16 victories later did a conga line with the Cup. Almost every year, a low seed does damage, upending the order and leaving at least one top team shamefaced. The Wings got the worst of the travel out of all the playoff series, which they’re used to, but they also drew an opponent they certainly can best. Never mind what happened in SoCal when the Wings played here twice in March and won both times; regular season doesn’t equate success in the playoffs.
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Detroit Free Press | Apr 30