After one game of the Western Conference Finals, we know one thing: the Dallas Stars have to stay out of the penalty box.
An early goal on a two-man advantage started an onslaught for the Wings, who scored three times on the power play. Was it simply a case of the Stars feeling tired after their four-OT marathon to close out San Jose? They'd better hope so.
It was only one game, but Dallas has some daunting history to overcome if they want to pull off the upset. The Stars have never beaten the Wings in a postseason series - they are 0-3, though they haven't met in the playoffs for 10 years. And goalie Marty Turco is 0-8-2 in his career at Joe Louis Arena, something that will clearly have to change unless Dallas plans on playing someone else!
I realize I'm biased, but it seems to me Detroit has the two most talented forwards in this series (Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk), the best defenseman (Nicklas Lidstrom - sorry Sergei Zubov) and with all due respect to Brenden Morrow, the best power forward (Johan "Mule" Franzen). The one place the Stars may have an advantage is in net, but it's hard to even say that right now since Chris Osgood has yet to lose in the playoffs.
Your move Stars!