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It's a new season for Red Wings and Coyotes

Apr 14, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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Stempniak1.jpgAnsar
Khan has a great story this morning
on the Red Wings and Coyotes
first round series, and how much the teams have changed since last
playing on January 26.

“More so than ever you’re
going to toss out what happened in the regular
season,” Detroit forward Kris Draper said. “I think both teams believe
in themselves, they’re very confident. It’s going to make for a great
series.”

The Coyotes had yet to add Lee Stempniak
and Wojtek Wolski, while the Red Wings were fighting to get through a
number of injuries. Thanks to the spectacular play of Jimmy Howard, the
Wings were able to barely hang on and finished the season as the NHL’s
hottest team.

So, combine that with the Red Wings overall history
as a franchise in the playoffs and you have a Coyotes team that seems to
be consensus underdogs in the matchup.

What will be interesting
to see is how a Dave Tippett-coached team fares once more against
Detroit; while with the Dallas Stars he had nothing but trouble with the
Red Wings system, and was ousted in six games in the conference finals
in 2008 by Detroit.

The older, grizzled and experienced
championship team against the new, young and underdog squad. Triple deke,
anyone?

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