Wings wary of another road lapse

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 3:13 PM ET


 This is the second time in the 2004 playoffs the Detroit Red Wings enter the opposition rink with a 2-0 series lead.

 However, in their quarter-final battle with Nashville, the Predators managed to win the next two games at home to tie the series 2-2.

 Although Detroit won Games 5 and 6 to clinch the series, the Wings don't want history to repeat and allow Calgary back in the series with the next two games at the 'Dome.

 "I think (the Flames) have a little more depth (than Nashville)," said Wings forward Kirk Maltby.

 "Nashville threw everything at us and we didn't fare too well against them the first two games there. But we had some chances in the first two periods and we didn't score goals. So I think if we can try and capitalize on a couple of chances early, it'll definitely help us."

 The Wings indeed played well in those first two Nashville games, outshooting the Predators by 42-21 and 40-21 margins.

 Predators goalie Tomas Vokoun stole those games and the Wings know Flames netminder Miikka Kiprusoff could do the same.

 "You can't have any let-downs," said Wings forward Darren McCarty. "You gotta come out hard and you gotta continue to do that."

 Added Maltby: "You hope you've learned your lessons and figure out what you need to do to adjust being on the road."


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