2015 Detroit Red Wings Season Preview
If there has been any guarantee in the NHL over the last 2 ½ decades, it has been the Detroit Red Wings making the Stanley Cup playoffs. The constant success of the Red Wings has created the expectation in Detroit that the team will not only play past the regular season, but that they will also advance in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The past two seasons the Red Wings have fallen short in the first round. This disappointment led to the ouster of Mike Babcock and the Red Wings brought in Jeff Blashill to take over as head coach. New on the 2015 Detroit Red Wings roster are Brad Richards and Mike Green, but it is the possibility of Dylan Larkin competing every night for the Red Wings that has Detroit buzzing. Larkin has the potential to make an immediate impact in Detroit, and his NHL debut could coincide with the return of Pavel Datsyuk from injury. The 2015 Detroit Red Wings have the talent and leadership to drive them deep into the Eastern Conference Playoffs this season.
2014 Detroit Red Wings Season Preview
The Detroit Red Wings first season after being realigned to the Eastern Conference was plagued by injuries. The Red Wings finished the season 39-28 and in the final playoff spot in the East. A shorthanded Detroit was then defeated in 5 games by the President’s Trophy winning Boston Bruins. Enter 2014 and the biggest questions for the Detroit Red Wings are again health. The star trio of Niklas Kronall, Pavel Datsyuk, and Henrik Zetterberg return, but only they played 45 games each last season. If those three can stay healthy, the Red Wings are legitimate threats to make a deep playoff run in the east. Goaltender Jimmy Howard comes off a down season, but there is no reason to believe the veteran won’t return to his previous level. Detroit Red Wings hockey fans will anxiously wait for new comer Anthony Mantha’s NHL debut. A fractured leg will keep him out of the first few months of the season. At 23 straight playoff appearances, the Detroit Red Wings are as sure of a bet to be in the postseason as there is in sports. Don’t expect that to change in 2014-15.
2013 Detroit Red Wings Season Preview
The Red Wings are looking to get back to their Stanley Cup-winning ways, and they’ll be hoping the acquisition of Stephen Weiss will help that along in the 2013-14 Season. Weiss was picked up in free agency and signed a five-year deal to play in the middle. The Red Wings also signed Daniel Alfredsson, while allowing Valtteri Filppula and Damien Brunner to sign elsewhere instead of inking them to new deals. The new additions will likely join the second line, with Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Justin Abdelkader at the front on the first. The Red Wings have a big four-game homestand beginning on December 14, including contests against the Penguins, Lightning, Ducks and Flames. They begin 2014 with a home game against the Maple Leafs on New Year’s Day, then have a five-game stand including games against the defending-champion Blackhawks on Jan. 22 and vs. Montreal on Jan. 24.
2012 Detroit Red Wings Season Preview
The Red Wings reach the playoffs for the 21st consecutive season, though they aren’t the scary first round matchup their opponents are used to. However, the Predators will need to make sure they win games at home throughout the series, as Detroit did set an NHL record with 21 consecutive wins at Joe Louis Arena. The return of Alexander Radulov is the most unlikely storyline of this series, as the winger returned to Nashville from Russia after abandoning his contract with the team four years ago. Radulov had three goals and four assists in his seven games back and formers a potent offensive attack along with deadline-day addition Paul Gaustad.
2011 Detroit Red Wings Season Preview
The Detroit Red Wings are always among the contenders for the Stanley Cup, and despite a rash of injuries last season, they made it to the conference semifinals. With several new additions and the return of a wealth of talented scorers, Detroit fans can expect another competitive season from one of the NHL's banner franchises. The Red Wings landed one of the most sought after free agents this offseason by signing veteran forward Mike Modano, and the former Dallas Star should bring leadership and depth to the scoring attack. Along with Modano, Pavel Datsyuk, the teams leading scorer a year ago, is poised to have another big season. While Todd Bertuzzi may not be the threat he was several years ago, he can still offer a spark off the bench and help round out a potent Detroit offense. While the team certainly has a reliable offense, their defense is among the best in the league. The back line is anchored by the duo of Nicklas Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski. This experienced pair is adept at killing penalties, and has the ability to dish out assists as well - Rafalski had 34 in 2009. Jimmy Howard is expected to the start the season in goal after he had an impressive 2.26 goals against average last season.
2010 Detroit Red Wings Season Preview
The Detroit Red Wings are looking to regain the Stanley Cup at the end of the 2009-2010 NHL season. Detroit lost the Stanley Cup in 2009 when the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated them in a 4-3 series. The offseason continued to beat on the former champs, when the Red Wings lost a few key players to free agency. But the past is past and Detroit once again looks like one of the teams to beat in the Western Conference. The Red Wings will be led by Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom, which makes Detroit a threat every time they step on the ice. Expect big things from the Red Wings this year, including a possible trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.