Red Wings Team Report

There seems to be a lot of Red Wing fans out there that are itching to share their opinions about the team. I figured I’d provide that opportunity while sharing some of my opinions about the Wings, and their chances in this year’s playoff.

Detroit has lost just once in the last 18 games (16-1-0-1), and they seem to be cruising towards the playoffs. The main reason why the Wings have found so much success as of late, is the Datsyuk, Zetterberg Hull line. They have been unbelievable, and have produced some of the prettiest goals I have seen in a while. If it wasn’t for the chemistry of this line, the Wings would be half as good right now. Datsyuk has really broken out of his shell, and is becoming one of the best stick handlers in the league. I wish that he would shoot more, but whatever he is doing seems to be working for him. Zetterberg had a slow start to the season, but I’m sure he needed time to get used to the North American game. He has really started to produce, and is probably the favorite to win the Calder this year. Goals are coming from all over the place as well … Hull’s line can’t produce all of the five goals the Wings seem to be scoring every game. Everyone on the team seems to be having a great year (Except maybe Robitaille … but he has seen a dramatic reduction in minutes, and is playing on the fourth line. He did have a goal last night though), heck, Holmstrom has 19 goals, and will probably have his first 20 goal season.

This doesn’t mean much though. Last year the Wings tumbled into the playoffs, and beat a team (Vancouver) that entered on a tremendous roll. Obviously, no one can take their success for granted, especially the players. I think that this season will be an extremely tough run, for whoever wins the cup. I can see many teams that have the ability to take the Wings out. Six come to mind; the big four in the west, and then Toronto, Philly, and Ottawa. The injury situation for each team will play a major roll, and for that reason the race for the cup will be wide open. Hopefully Yzerman will be ready to play by the time the playoffs roll around, because he is such an important player, especially in his ability to lead by example. He seems to be pretty slow right now, but this is his training camp. His season doesn’t start until the playoffs. I’m sure that a two legged Yzerman will be better than a one legged Yzerman. I don’t want to see him get hurt though.

Schneider has been playing well. The trade seems to really help the team immediately. Before we got him, the defense seemed to be the weak spot on the team. Now it is considered pretty strong. It can only get better once Fischer gets back. Hopefully he will be ready to play after a while out of the loop. I like the trade the Wings made. I hate to see Avery go. He was a fan favorite in Detroit, and always seemed to have an opinion. He had the spunk that makes a great roll player. However, in order to get a great player, you have to give something up. I wish him good luck in LA, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him wear an “A” or a “C” in the future. Kuznetsov was a big guy, and had promise for that reason, but his development has been very slow. I’m not too worried about giving him up. Hopefully he’ll turn out to be a good defenseman. He was a good guy, and served as the team translator. I wish him the best of luck as well.

What about the presidents trophy? I don’t really care about it. Let Ottawa have it. All I care about coming out on top in the west. If ever there is to be a seventh game, that’s when the home ice advantage comes in handy. I don’t think the wings are playing for that trophy; they certainly aren’t going to wear out their team going for it. They will just play their game, concentrating on staying on top of the west, and the standings will do what they will.

I’m looking forward to another Stanley Cup run, it is always my favorite time of the year, whether the wings are still in it or not. It is much more exciting when the wings are in it though, being a Wings fan and all. We are going to have to have a great performance, and probably a little luck to win, but I think the wings are as ready as any other team. We have “the pattern” on our side though, don’t we. ;o)

15 Responses to Red Wings Team Report

  1. Tradedude says:

    Hey, i like seeing prospect reports, any team man, even the wings who i have no interest in. like grigorenko dude, is he drafted yet? cuz last i heard, he was affiliate of the wings, i dunno, must just be me and my fantasies lol.

  2. 99greatone says:

    A little LUCK? You mean like when a Conn Smyth,Norris trophy D man tees one up from center ice and it goes in?Or when a three times stanley cup goaltender Drops the puck in his own net trying to do the statue of liberty?This year is different then last no doubt.I like the wings chances this year just like any other.It will be an enteraining play off run none the less.I would like to see a WINGS vs LEAFS Stanley Cup Finals.That would be cool.Thanks for starting this one Kapluie.



  3. mikster says:

    Yeah he is a Red Wing prospect. Very slick prospect, not big in size, but he’s a solid two-way forward.

  4. Tony says:

    The Wings are playing like they don’t know how to lose. All they know right now is how to win. I mean they get outshot and outplayed by Ottawa this weekend and what happens? Detroit blows them out with 6 shots no goalie in the league could stop. If everyone remains healthy on the Wings, this is the team to beat. They have the best forwards in the league and their defense is in the top 5 right now with the addition of Schneider. I can honestly see them pulling out sweeps over some of the 6 teams you mentioned.

  5. Tony says:

    Yeah Grigorenko will be on the team next year. They already said he has a spot on the team next year going into training camp and its his to lose. I’m pretty sure he was named best forward at the WJ Championship this year.

  6. JStatic87 says:

    Wings are playing great. Looks like another cup run is in place. That Schneider trade seems to have worked out well for both teams so far, Avery has scored and is getting penalties, and Kuznetsov is playing some minutes. Max just seemed to be pressing his plays with the Wings and I don’t think he would have calmed down anytime soon playing for us. I wish both of them the best of luck. and


  7. KaPluie says:

    No problem. Last year, it was almost a Leafs Wings final. I was wishing for it all playoff, and it almost came true … but the hurricanes just had to ruin it didn’t they? Hopefully it will happen this year though.

  8. KaPluie says:

    Lemon Meringue Pie … nothing beats it.

  9. OldNord says:

    I feel it in my bones, the playoffs are near. the intensity’s growing day by day up here.

    The habs are officially out of the playoff so I will put my faith in Ottawa in the East and in Edmonton (not for a long time, I hope so than I’m wrong) for the Western Conference.

    So lets the playoff begin!


  10. WeStSiDe says:

    Detroit has a good team, but there are many good teams this year.. It is a toss up to who will win, should be a great Playoffs this year.

  11. Tradedude says:

    defineately raised my eyebrows

  12. Tradedude says:

    Which Kind?

  13. titans says:

    Aww come on…you know what kind!

  14. Primis says:

    He seems to be a typical Kenny Holland draft pick. Someone denounced by scouts as being “possibly too small/frail” and whose stock falls, and who then maybe turns out to be a terrifying playmaker. People said the same sort of things about Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and now also about last year’s draft pick Jiri Hudler.

    Also worth noting the Wings still have some young blueliners in Grand Rapids waiting to come up…

    — Primis.

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