Praising the roof in Detroit

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:36 PM ET


 The nastiness will come soon enough.

 For now, though, the Calgary Flames are receiving plenty of praise from their second-round playoff opponents from the Motor City.

 Although the Detroit Red Wings were the regular-season champions and will be heavy favourites when their series with Calgary opens tomorrow, they've been rolling out plenty of kudos.

 "They're definitely playing great hockey. They have some guns," Darren McCarty told the Detroit News. "It's going to be a tough series."

 The Wings won the regular-season series by a 3-1 count but only outscored the Flames 8-6.

 Fully aware of Calgary's lunch-bucket style, they're expecting a few bumps and bruises along the way.

 "They have size. They're a lot bigger than Nashville," said head coach Dave Lewis. "They have speed, too. And their goaltender has been tremendous for them."

 "They don't quit," added Mathieu Dandenault. "They've shown that. They just keep coming at you."

 On paper, the meeting appears a gross mismatch.

 After all, we're talking about a Detroit Red Wings side loaded with the likes of veteran stars Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan, Nicklas Lidstrom and Brett Hull along with outstanding players such as Robert Lang, Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby and Mathieu Schneider plus rising stars Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.

 However, the Wings have been quick to point out Calgary's main men of Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff can turn the tables very quickly.

 "Iginla is probably the most dangerous player in the league right now in terms of scoring," Lewis stated.

 Added McCarty of Kiprusoff: "He's arguably the most valuable player in the league and a big reason they're where they are."


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