Is Detroit as Good as they Look?

Detroit is off the an incredible start, but are they as good as their record indicates? Maybe, maybe not!The Red Wings are off to their best start in history, and that is saying a lot considering the teams they had in the 90’s. They have run through their division and show no signs of stopping. Is this the problem though?

The central is the weakest division in the NHL, and the Red Wings have played St. Louis 3 times, Hawks 3 times, the Jackets twice. They pretty much wrecked them, with no conscience thought. Their record because of these jokes, looks a bit better than it should, and in past years, it wouldn’t be this good either, considering they have had better teams before, and never been this hot to start a season.

All the other games they have played out of division have been close, and they have pulled some out, and others they barley lost. Their record outside of the division looks a lot more realistic, (6-1-1). Still a good record, but looks nothing like the (8-0-0) division record.

Now, the Red Wings are a good team, but they have played 2, maybe 3 teams that can be considered a real contender. They can’t be blamed for the unbalanced schedule, but this is the reason they have such a phenomenal record! They would not have this record in any other division, and I would be hard pressed to find anyone to disagree with that.

The Wings are a good team, and probably a contender, but until their schedule gets a little more difficult than the Blues and Hawks, 6 times in a month, you can’t really say their team is as good as their record indicates.

I love the Sens, and I hate the leafs, but I’m sick of hearing about both teams all the time! Something different here. Also, Give me your thoughts on the schedule, because I think that is the reason for this article as well.


23 Responses to Is Detroit as Good as they Look?

  1. UWSensFan says:

    Love the Sens, hate the Leafs, and don’t want to hear about either…that’s cool; how about les Canadiens?

    The Habs are also off to an excellent start, and they’ve played some pretty good teams. In the North East (arguably the strongest division), they have only lost 3 (and one was in OT to the Sens…was that ever a pretty goal by Spezza!), against the Atlantic division, they’re 4-1 and against the South East, they’re 2-0. That’s 11-3-1 against Eastern Conference teams. The only other Eastern Conference teams with even close to the same record are the Sens (11-2-0, 2 games in hand) and the Canes (10-2-1, 2 game in hand).

    The Habs are also an excellent road team. They’ve gone 6-0-1 away from Le Centre Bell (I think that’s what their new stadium is called), and Detroit’s the only team with a better road record.

    If I had more time, I’d also write about Carolina, since they’re doing awesome so far, but yeah…pressed for time 😛

  2. Neely4Life says:

    Canes have defently beaten some good teams thus far!! All at home, but still, beat some good teams!

  3. Aetherial says:

    There is no arguement whether or not the NE is the strongest division. It is.

    Montreal has played great, against some tough competition.

    Carolina looks real good… of course you can’t expect Staal to continue at this pace and that will cool them out a bit I think.

    Detroit is indeed not as good as their record indicates. I doubt they would be sporting such a gaudy record playing against Philly, Carolina, Montreal, Ottawa, Boston Buffalo, and Toronto.

  4. The_Cramp says:

    I’m really looking forward to see some cross-conference games. Its gonna be then that we will judge some teams for real. Every time a strong team from the west will play the sens, it will be a good test.

  5. hockeyhead says:

    teams that are playing well that will probably cool way down.

    buff

    LA

    carolina

    habs

    NYR

    bad starts that will impove.

    tor

    bos

    pit

    cal

    phx

  6. Resmo112 says:

    the thing is, other than the senators, i don’t think any team is really all that great. senators are for sure, the rest seem pretty average, it’s just wierd this year.

  7. p0k3 says:

    The new scheduling is crap! Detroit does not play Ottawa or Toronto this season. I love all the changes that were made to the game except this! Why would I want to see Detroit play Columbus or Chicago a few more times? I want to see Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Boston!!!! They say it’s to start rivalries, that’s bullshit, it’s for anther rea$on!

  8. Neely4Life says:

    I hate a lot of the changes! schedual, shoot out, the amount of power plays.

  9. p0k3 says:

    Is Detroit as Good as they Look? Well they sure as hell look good on paper!

    Defensemen

    Lidstrom – 3 of the last 4 Norris trophies’ and runner up 2 times before that I think. Arguably the best Defensemen in the league.

    Schneider – this guy is underrated, incredible, he was even better than Lidstrom the last season played before the lockout!

    Fisher – This guy has looked really good this year. He was really good on the Wings last cup winning team but then tore his ACL the next season. He was never really the same after that. Now it looks like he’s back!

    Kronwall – A future Norris winner. IMO.

    Forwards

    Datsyuk – I have never seen anyone play tricks with the puck like this guy! This guy has a skill that nobody in the NHL has! You can’t appreciate this guy unless you’ve seen him play allot.

    Zetterberg – Lead the Swedish elite league last season. Many people say he reminds them of his fellow countryman that Forsberg guy! Yea, he’s really good.

    Lang – Lead the league in points for the majority of the last season played. Hasn’t put up as many points this year but is a solid setup guy for Shanahan.

    Shanahan – Almost 600 goals, showing no sign of slowing down this year. On pace for another 50 goal season.

    Williams – an unknown but number 11 in league scoring. We will see if he can keep this up!!

    PK

    Draper, Maltby, Lidstrom etc, etc. Their PK will be top 5.

    PP

    Their PP will be top five too!

    This makes a pretty damn good team. I would have to say they look like the best in the west (on paper that is).

  10. Neely4Life says:

    If they arnt the best in the west, i think they are a close 2nd or 3rd. But i also think the east is the best conferance too.

  11. Wills says:

    Is Detroit the best team in the NHL right now? I say no, but I will say that if Legace can keep his good goaltending up this will be the best team built for the playoffs. They have the two best scoring lines in the league in terms of balance. If Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Holmstrom don’t get you, the Lang, Shanny and Williams line will. They then have two of the best checking lines in the NHL (which is very important in the playoffs). The Draper, Maltby and Yzerman are just starting to get back on track and when they do they will be the best checking line in the league. The fourth line of Cleary (the next Draper), Samulesson and Franzen (another Holmstrom), is a very solid fourth line.

    Looking at their defense once Kronwall gets back they should have the best all around defense in the league. I wouldn’t be surprised if Lidstrom or Schneider wins the Norris this year.

    This team is not the best regular season team in the NHL at all, I would maybe rank they at number 5, but in a 7 game series there really isn’t many teams I would pick over them.

  12. mojo19 says:

    Despite their schedule i still think they are the best team along with Ottawa.

  13. Neely4Life says:

    I agree Detroit is a solid, solid team, but man, i hate how all that matters is conferance games. Sure, yeah, i love seeing the Habs play the Bruins, and i love seein the sens and leafs, but man, i hate seeing carolina and tampa go at it 8 times, and its gonna be so unbalanced, and my guess is, Detroit will run away with the west because of their confereance.

  14. p0k3 says:

    Yes, I like Vancover in the West too. Also Nashville, although I hate to say that.

  15. dcz28 says:

    Detroit might not be playing the best teams right now but they are still a very good team that can compete with any team in the league…one thing that people seem to forget is that the Wings have had a lot of injuries so far with Kronvall (out for months and was one of their best dman in the pre-season), Osgood missed all pre-season, Yzerman was out for a while, Legace is out but should be back soon, Woolley also missed some games and they were able to keep winning even if it was against crappy teams they are 7-0 on the road

  16. dcz28 says:

    The East is better this year but the Wings had to compete in the toughest conference for the last decade with Colorado, St Louis, Dallas, Vancouver (better in the last few years) and the east was easier so now its the west that will have an easier time and the east will have to face better teams more often

  17. dcz28 says:

    Even when the west had “The Big Four” Colorado, Dallas, St Louis along with the Wings they always beat St Louis and would win the division and most time be in the top of the conference and the Blues were a good team and have been since this year or else how could you explain them making the playoffs for the last 20 years or so

    This year the only competition in their division is Nashville and they have been in a slide since Walker has been injured but as a Wings fan i would rather the Wings play all the top teams in the east then play Colombus, Chicago and St Louis 8 times for easy points

  18. Freeze says:

    The Red Wings have prospered by the new rules. The NHL game is now is a series of sprints, over and over again. The Red Wings excel at that game. Their talent now has a chance to shine through. I remember the Red Wings literally being tackled by the Flames in the playoffs 2 years ago with no call. The Flames went to the Finals back then. Now where are the Flames in the standings today?

    The other reason for Detroit’s incredible start is new coach Mike Bab*****. The Red Wings now take practices seriously, never mind games. The country club that Dave Lewis ran is now shut down.

    If there is an area of concern, it could be goaltending going down the stretch. Osgood has done well so far, but he’s always been one to give up the soft goal here and there. Legace has been stellar, but unproven throughout a playoff run.

    The Wings could have had Cujo, who recently beat the Wings 4-1, for what they paid Osgood. Oh well..

  19. dcz28 says:

    I dont think Holland thought Cujo would sign for so little or he might have kept him with the Wings

    Osgood has been good so far and i think he will get better as the season goes but its Manny’s job to lose when he comes back and i hope he keeps playing like he did before the injury…also too bad we dont get to see Kronvall…he was great during the pre-season

    Lebda is another good young dman and i can’t wait to see Grigorenko next year

    The Wings will be a very good team for years

  20. Neely4Life says:

    Yeah thats exactly my point.

  21. Mullet says:

    I wanna see more fighting in this NEW NHL. How about Chris McGrattan V.S. Derek Boogaard. This would be a tremendous fight! Or how about Laraque v.s Peters, Boogaard or McGrattan. Or a battle of the nose breakers Colton Orr v.s Chris McGrattan! these would be sweet fights!

  22. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    colorado on the other hand has to deal with vancouver 8 times calgary 8 times (they are picking it up now so im scared a bit) edmonton (meh). colorado will make the playoffs if the take 1st in the division ummm lets just say that would be a surprise to me.

  23. elite89 says:

    I (as the biggest Redwing fan there is) agree with the fact that the wings schedule has been quite easy. This can be attritbuted as a big reason for their strong start. But when i think about it, one would expect a strong team to have a record like this when playing such easy opponents right? This to me clears up a lot of uncertainties with the wings. We have yet to see how they stack upo against the Ottawa’s and Philly’s but we know they can destroy everyone else. Thats more than many can say!

    In my opinion the strength of this team has yet to be shown. They are one of the deepest teams in the league and as teams shift into internally driven organizations which must rely on their past scouting and drafting, i think the wings will rise even higher on the scale. Not many other teams have drafted like the wings and in 5 years when teams r full of young internally drafted players and stars can’t be passed around as much as before, the years of quality late drafting and the leagues best scouting system will see guys like Hudler, Grigerenko, Kronwall, Howard, Fillpulla, etc. wearing the winged wheel. Not to mention the fruits of this internal strength from the past in Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Williams, etc..

    The wings may not be as good as their record states right now, but regardless of this, it can only get better from here!

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