Is it too early to start talking Stanley Cup? If you’re like me or most the Red Wings fans I know—it’s never too early. We talk rivalries in the off season, playoffs during pre-season, and certainly the Cup all year round.
I generally refrain from making such drastic statements as the title of this article, but with the way Detroit is currently playing it's hard not to see them making a deep run in the playoffs.
Detroit has scoring power. Pavel Datsyuk is continuing to awe everyone with a TV every game, Valtteri Filppula is silently becoming a dominant force, and the third and fourth lines are picking up any slack left behind.
Detroit (for the first time in a long time) has a bit of grit. Bertuzzi, Abdelkader, and Commodore are not backing down from any physical play.
Detroit has the blue line covered. Nicklas Lidstrom is still showing how he earned seven Norris trophies and why he deserves an eighth. Ian White is easily the best decision Kenny Holland made this year. Not to mention, Niklas Kronwall stepping up big in a leadership role.
Detroit has its All-Star goalie—Jimmy Howard—who has been playing consistently well in net and continuing to add ‘W’s to his stat sheet.
Nevertheless, there can always be improvements, and I believe the following three will all but ensure that Lord Stanley comes home.