Detroit Red Wings: 5 Reasons They Are Much Better Than Last Year's Team

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Detroit Red Wings: 5 Reasons They Are Much Better Than Last Year's Team
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Last year the Detroit Red Wings showed flashes of dominance that we have not seen since the Wings' back-to-back finals years.  

They boomed off to a 17-4-2 start, and lead the NHL and Western Conference for almost all of 2010.  The new year came and with it followed injuries and inconsistent hockey that resulted in seemingly endless three- and four-game losing steaks.  

Lackluster defense and a little bit of a sophomore setback for Jimmy Howard had the Wings eventually fall to third place.  For the second consecutive season they failed to reach the 50-win category, and once again were eliminated in the second round.

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