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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 - 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
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
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80