DETROIT — Detroit knows it’s facing quite a loaded lineup when it comes to Chicago.
“Well, they have so much depth in their lineup,” defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “They’re deeper than any other team and that definitely showed during the regular season. It doesn’t matter, they have so many different ways to beat you.”
The Blackhawks, who won the Presidenst’ Trophy, disposed of Minnesota in five games in the first round.
“All six of (their D) can all move the puck really well, they’re all good skaters and they can make it hard on you,” Kronwall said. “It might be one long pass up to the far blue, or they’ll beat you with their speed on the back end. It’s something we’re aware of.”
There’s also a player by the name of Marian Hossa they need to worry about up front.
“He’s one of those guys that never gives up,” Kronwall said. “And it doesn’t matter if you pass him he’s got that long reach. He’s so strong and such a strong skater so you’re never getting rid of him. He’s also protects the puck well when he has it. Having played with him helps out a bit, knowing some of the stuff he likes to do.”
“He’s unbelievable,” defenseman Brendan Smith said of Hossa. “He’s got all the skills. He’s so fast, so big and so strong. He can shoot the puck really well and has a great set of hands. He’s an All-Star player right there. You have to make sure you don’t give him as much gap so he can’t create plays. He’s so competitive as well so he’s going to always battle. You have to have your A-game on him at all times cause he’ll make you look foolish if you don’t.”