Squad isn't green

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:59 AM ET


 DETROIT -- Calgary's 20-man roster went into last night's series opener with a combined 545 games of playoff experience.

 The Wings' total was 1,889 and would have been nearly 2,000 had Steve Thomas (173) not sat out due to a groin injury.

 Still, Detroit isn't buying the theory Calgary is a bunch of playoff neophytes.

 "They're a team that has some guys who have been there before, so they're more like a sophomore compared to Nashville when we played them -- they were more like the freshmen," said Darren McCarty.

 "They've got the Craig Conroys, Rhett Warreners and Marty Gelinas has scored some big OT goals.

 "That seven-game series they played against Vancouver was the best crash course they could have had, so they know what it's all about. They've been playing great hockey, especially the second half of the season, so it's just something to talk about and not a huge factor."

 PLEA FOR FANS: Wings backup netminder Manny Legace has a simple plan the NHL could use to help promote the game.

 "We need more replays shown during the game," he said. "Fans at the game don't see the goals and there aren't enough replays shown for them.

 "In football stadiums, all the touchdowns are shown six times and from all kinds of angles. There are games I'm sure fans are saying, 'They scored but I don't know how.' and have to watch the highlights at home to find out."

 ICE CHIPS: Maggie, the TSN monkey, chose the Flames to upset the Wings -- good news if you hold any stock in a wheel-spinning animal. However, she went a dismal 2-6 in the first round and took the Canucks over the Flames. She also chose Nashville over Detroit in the first round ... Ville Nieminen played the Red Wings nine times in the regular season, six with Chicago and three more as a Flame. Nieminen, who played 79 regular-season contests in total, collected three points in those games ... Brett Hull started this series fourth on the all-time list for playoff goals with 102. Wayne Gretzky (122), Mark Messier (109) and Jari Kurri (106) are the top three.


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