"It's funny: We scored 24 goals against San Jose [in the second round], and I didn't get a sniff," Primeau says. "But then when we play Chicago, where there's more contact, more play in the corners—it fit me."
The Red Wings, who haven't won the Stanley Cup since 1955, bill the quest as a Call to Arms and have formally adopted the octopus as their symbol. There were even reports of octopus scalpers outside the arena last week getting double the retail price; America hasn't seen anything this slimy since the savings and loan scandal. "With this team, anything less than the Stanley Cup is a negative," defense-man Bob Rouse says. "That's the perception in the media, and it's the perception in this room. Those are the expectations."
Primeau welcomes those expectations. He isn't a prolific scorer like Jagr or as complete a forward as Nolan, but of the top 1990 draft picks, of all the players by whom Primeau has been measured, he is the only one still playing in the late spring of 1995.