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The Red Wings stay the same

Team is tops, again, in The Hockey News' annual rankings

Friday, 06.3.2011 / 1:33 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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The Red Wings stay the same
DETROIT – For the third time in the last four years, the Red Wings have been recognized as the NHL’s top franchise.

The Hockey News cited the Red Wings ability to prosper despite some rough years in a region of the country that has been decimated by the crash of the automotive industry.

Using nine different categories to determine their annual franchise rankings, THN says the statistics are “largely on objective, statistical factors that take into account both past and present performance and the Wings are still the best.”

The Wings received high marks in four categories: for front office continuity, regular season success, playoff performance, and strong ownership. In all, the Wings received 131.7 out of a possible 239 points. Pittsburgh (120.7) and Buffalo (114.4) finished second and third, respectively.

As for the Wings’ Central Division rivals, lagged far behind Hockeytown, with the Chicago Blackhawks (106.4) checking in at No. 6, Nashville (91.3) at No. 13, Columbus (61.1) at No. 25, and St. Louis (54.7) at No. 27.

Other measureable categories in THN’s franchise rankings examined the quality of future prospects; the success of NHL drafts between 2001-05; franchise value based on Forbes magazine’s annual sports franchise study; 2010-11 team standings; and attendance over the past five years.

The logic behind the draft success category was that by now, players selected between 2001-05 have separated themselves as either full-time NHL players or minor leaguers. In the Wings case, they drafted 42 players in the five year period with nine of them being NHL regulars – Jiri Hudler, Valtteri Filppula, Derek Meech, Jonathan Ericsson, Jimmy Howard, Johan Franzen, Jakub Kindl, Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm – for at least one season.

Ken Campbell, senior writer at THN, wrote, “That the Detroit Red Wings have managed to stay at the top of the league through some of the worst times the city has ever seen is a testament to how well they’ve been run. NHL superstars and Stanley Cup championships are no longer rolling off the Red Wings assembly line the way vehicles are at GM, Ford and Chrysler, but the Red Wings remain the class of the league.” 

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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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