Detroit Red Wings DetroitRedWings.com presented by AT&T
2015-16 Ticket Plans Available Follow @DetroitRedWings on Twitter! Follow the Red Wings on Facebook! Follow @DetroitRedWings on Instagram! Follow OfficialDRW on Snapchat! Get Red Wings Email Updates Get Red Wings Text Updates Get the Detroit Red Wings Official Mobile App
 

 
  • PRINT
  • RSS

Why the Red Wings can win the Cup

Thursday, 04.30.2009 / 12:23 PM ET / News
By Mike G. Morreale
X
Share with your Friends


Why the Red Wings can win the Cup
Their roster consists of an assortment of perennial All-Stars and NHL Award winners. Their coach has led the team to four straight 50-plus win seasons, they can play a speed game or exhibit some muscle in the trenches and they are the defending Stanley Cup champion.

Do you need any further proof why the Red Wings shouldn't be considered this year's favorite to again raise the most coveted trophy in sports?

Puck control and a deep bench are the common denominators that fuel the Red Wings each postseason and this spring is no different. They had three defensemen in the top 11 in scoring among the League's defensive leaders during the regular season in Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski and Niklas Kronwall and each registered a goal in their opening-round sweep over Columbus.

Their goalie, Chris Osgood, appears to have found his groove in these playoffs with a 4-0 record, 1.75 goals-against average and .936 save percentage. During the Wings’ Stanley Cup run last season, Osgood posted similar numbers -- sporting a 1.55 GAA and .930 save percentage. He has the good fortune, of course, of playing behind an extremely mobile defensive unit that makes life miserable for opposing forwards with their shutdown mentality.

In addition to the aforementioned players along the blue line, the hard-hitting Brad Stuart (11 hits), Brett Lebda and first-year playoff performer Jonathan Ericsson have thrived under coach Mike Babcock's approach. Their power-play is tops in the playoffs, hitting at a 31.8 percent efficiency with seven goals in 22 opportunities.

With Pavel Datsyuk (10 hits), Henrik Zetterberg (team-leading three goals), Valtteri Filppula and Darren Helm (team-leading 17 hits) centering the top four lines, the Wings are deep down the middle. Johan Franzen leads the club with six points in four postseason matches. Dan Cleary (plus-6 rating, 16 hits) has already surpassed his playoff total of last season (3 points) in 18 fewer games and Marian Hossa, Jiri Hudler and Tomas Holmstrom (2 goals on 2 shots this postseason) will continue to add to their legacy in Hockeytown.

"They play like old dogs, just waiting for things to come and then taking advantage," Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock said. "They're capable of bottling you up through the neutral zone and they play extremely smart because they have a lot of experience. Experience allows you to be patient and in position during critical situations. They've learned these lessons over time."







SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

DetroitRedWings.com is the official Web site of the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit Red Wings and DetroitRedWings.com are trademarks of the Detroit Red Wings. NHL, the NHL Shield and the word mark NHL Winter Classic are registered trademarks and Original Six is a trademark of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Detroit Red Wings and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.
© NHL 2015. All Rights Reserved.

 
Advertise/SponsorshipsOlympia Entertainment | Code of Conduct | Privacy Policy | AdChoices | Employment | Contact Us | NHL.com Terms of Use | Site Map