Detroit Red Wings: 5 Reasons to Be Optimistic as They Enter 2012

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Detroit Red Wings:  5 Reasons to Be Optimistic as They Enter 2012
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As we start 2012 it is time to look ahead at what is in store for the Detroit Red Wings.  Some may worry that they are not in what has became their usual home atop the Central Division standings.  But a look inside the numbers shows that there is no need to worry.

The Wings have 51 points, only one point behind the division and conference-leading Chicago Blackhawks.  While this makes them the fourth seed for now, they do play Chicago on January 8 and could take over first with a win.

The Western conference is very tightly-matched this season.  The top 12 teams are separated by only nine points.  Even with a close fight for playoff spots, Detroit should feel very confident as they enter the second half of the season.

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