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Why the Wings will win: Been there, done that

Thursday, 04.29.2010 / 4:53 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 Stanley Cup.

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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80