Apr 12, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Loui Eriksson (21) shoots the puck against the Buffalo Sabres during the third period at TD Garden. The Bruins won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins President's Cup No Guarantee In Stanley Cup Playoffs

This is why Detroit Red Wings fans wanted the team to move to the Eastern conference. Fans wanted to face more original six teams which means more classic playoff hockey match-ups.

Well you know how the saying goes…..careful what you wish for.

The Detroit Red Wings face-off against the Boston Bruins at TD Gardens in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Friday at 7:30 pm.   After getting into the playoffs for the 23rd straight year, the Wings get the task of beating the Eastern Conference favorite Bruins.

That task will be a tough one.

The Bruins finished with 117 points, good enough to win the President’s Cup while earning them the top seed in the East.

The Bruins are heavy favorites over the Wings despite their late season resilience and the return of several key players. ESPN called them a “fortress of a team” while the folks over at NESN call this the best chance for Jerome Iginla to win a Stanley Cup.

While those things may be true, hockey history has shown that even President’s Cup winners are not immune to the early round upset in the playoffs.

No one knows this better than the Red Wings. They  have been victims of this type of upset before.

During their 23 year playoff streak the Red Wings have won the President Cup in six of those seasons. But the Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in only two of those six seasons. In the other seasons the Wings lost a series in what was considered an upset. The worst of which came in the 2005-06 season when the Red Wings (124 points) lost to the Edmonton Oilers in the quarterfinals.

So keep your chin up Wings fans, the Boston’s Presidents Cup doesn’t guarantee a Stanley Cup. Hopefully the Wings can pull out the upset and give the hockey universe a little payback.

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