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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 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
11 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 54 18 20 25 38
H. Zetterberg 55 10 28 5 38
T. Tatar 54 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 55 14 16 -1 30
P. Datsyuk 40 9 21 14 30
J. Abdelkader 55 14 15 -2 29
M. Green 47 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 41 5 11 6 16
D. DeKeyser 51 7 8 12 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 5 .933 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89