The Detroit Red Wings are the defending Stanley Cup Champions, and they only got better during the off-season. The Red Wings are currently 26-7-5 and have the third most points in the NHL (57).
The Red Wings have on of the best offenses in the league. They can simply out score their opponents on any given night. They have one of the most feared offenses in the National Hockey League and have scored the second most goals in the league while playing in the much tougher Western Conference.
The Red Wings also feature some amazing goaltending. With future Hall of Famer Chris Osgood as their starter, the Red Wings should be successful for the rest of the season. However, you cannot forget the backup, Ty Conklin. Conklin has played very well this season, and has shutout Edmonton, Chicago, and San Jose.
The Red Wings also are blessed with plenty of experience. You cannot have much more experience than the Detroit Red Wings. They are the defending Stanley Cup champions and have some of the most war-torn veterans in the league. The team knows how to handle the pressure of the playoffs unlike some of their younger competitors.
The Red Wings are not perfect. The Wings have given up 111 goals this season, which could be a lot higher if it was not for their goaltending. However, they cannot always hope that Osgood or Conklin will be perfect every night which could be trouble against some of the more talented teams in the league.
The Red Wings also have to play in the much more talented Western Conference. If the Wings played in the Eastern Conference, they would almost certainly be a lock to play in the Stanley Cup Finals. Being in the Western Conference means they might have to play through the San Jose Sharks, Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames who are all talented teams.