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Why the Wings will win: Been there, done that

Sunday, 04.11.2010 / 9:51 PM ET / News
By Phil Coffey
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Why the Wings will win: Been there, done that
Been there. Done that. Have multiple T-shirts.

The easiest reason to say the Red Wings will win the Stanley Cup this spring is because they know every bump and pothole along the way on the grueling road to the finals.

For long stretches this season, the Red Wings appeared to have lost the map, but their struggles were the logical outcropping of transitioning to a younger lineup; one missing the likes of Marian Hossa, Jiri Hudler, Mikael Samuelsson and Tomas Kopecky.

Now throw in a seemingly endless run of injuries. Johan Franzen, Tomas Holmstrom, Valtteri Filppula, Dan Cleary, Niklas Kronwall, Jason Williams, Kirk Maltby and Andreas Lilja all spent time on the injured list. That's a pretty good second reason why the Red Wings looked like imposters to the powerhouse of seasons past.

But Franzen got back right before the Olympic break and the Red Wings roared back from that two-week break to climb steadily up the Western Conference ladder, eventually reaching 100 points again.

"Now, a couple of things happened to us over the Olympics," coach Mike Babcock said. "Pavel's (Datsyuk) team lost out early. And the Swedes lost out early, giving them a little more rest than maybe some of the teams that would have went to a final. So that was a positive situation, even though in their mind probably negative, it was good for our team being self-serving. We've been able to get on a run.

"We've got a proud group here. I think we easily could have been derailed if we didn't have good leadership and our best players didn't care a lot. But they found a way to dig in.

"The great thing about the playoffs is we all know everybody has a shot now. It's as tight as it's ever been top to bottom. And, in particular in the West, I think there's a lot of parity. It should be fun."



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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

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