The Detroit Sports Show: Detroit Red Wings NHL Playoffs Preview

Can the Detroit Red Wings pull off a playoff upset of No. 1 seed Boston? We’ll break down that series, plus offer up some picks for the upcoming postseason.

SBNation’s Ted Starkey will join us.

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Regardless of Series Result Against Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings Have Already Won

detroit_red_wings_logo“It’s not about whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.”

Usually, such sentiments are merely vomit-inducing attempts to moralize losing. But, for the first time in a long time, that quote has true symbolism when it relates to the Detroit Red Wings’ playoff expectations in 2014.

Though many will be tempted to expect the injury ravaged Red Wings, fresh off their colossal claw into the 2014 playoffs, to upset the Bruins in the first round, fans should not hold tightly to that expectation prior to this series. Instead, they should appreciate getting there as a fantastic accomplishment in itself. Continue reading

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Video: Gary Harris Declares for 2014 NBA Draft

Gary Harris bid farewell to the Michigan State Spartans during a press conference Tuesday, at which he confirmed that he would skip his final two college seasons to enter the 2014 NBA Draft.

“It’s like a weight’s off my shoulders, honestly,” Harris said. “I made my decision, I’m happy with the decision I’ve made, and I’m looking forward to get ready for the next step.”

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Video: Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III Declare for 2014 NBA Draft

To no one’s surprise, both Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III announced Tuesday that they were entering the 2014 NBA Draft. Flanked by Michigan head coach John Beilein, and with several of their teammates looking on, the two now former Wolverines made official their decisions to bypass their remaining college eligibility.

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Detroit Red Wings vs. Boston Bruins: As Expected, Experts All Backing the No. 1 Seed

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Though just about all NHL minds readily admit that the Detroit Red Wings may be the most dangerous wild-card team in the playoff field, their matchup with Stanley Cup favorite Boston bodes poorly for their upset chances. Not surprisingly, as the experts’ Round 1 predictions start to trickle in ahead of Wednesday’s postseason openers, the Red Wings are finding no one in their corner.

That said, the prevailing opinion for now seems to be that the Wings at least can make a series of it — most picks have the Bruins advancing in six or seven games.

CBC’s Tim Wharnsby says the matchup will go the distance, with Boston holding serve in the decisive Game 7:

Does [Mike] Babcock have an advantage because [Claude] Julien’s primary responsibility with the Canadian Olympic team was special teams? Or does Julien have the advantage because he knows the kind of overall system Babcock likes to play? Another important development to watch will be whether the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Bruins can handle Detroit’s speed with its influx of youth down the stretch?

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Gary Harris Entering 2014 NBA Draft

Tom Izzo more or less talked about Gary Harris in recent weeks like the guard’s departure for the 2014 NBA Draft was merely a matter of time. Harris may be ready to make that leap official, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman:


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Glenn Robinson III to Enter 2014 NBA Draft, According to Report

It appears that Glenn Robinson III will be the first — though, likely not the last — Michigan Wolverine to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft this offseason. From Jake L. Fischer of the Boston Globe and SLAM:


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