Here are my quick thoughts before the game starts:
The Red Wings will definitely be more comfortable playing a team which focuses on the same style of play. This similarity between the teams, in my opinion, gives a slight advantage to Detroit. Why? Because Detroit has found a way to make this puck possession style of hockey successful in the post season. San Jose is still looking for proof.
However, the levee has to break at some point. San Jose has been on the brink of playoff success for way too long now. Something has got to give.
For game one, I believe goaltending will be the difference. Both teams will come out firing. A few big saves could mean victory.
Round two is under way.