Detroit Red Wings: 6 Things That Need to Happen for Return to Stanley Cup Finals

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Detroit Red Wings: 6 Things That Need to Happen for Return to Stanley Cup Finals
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The NHL's Stanley Cup Finals are here and Detroit Red Wings are...not playing hockey any more.

For Red Wings' fans, this tune of "one and out" or "two and out" has to be getting old.

Since losing Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals to the Pittsburgh Penguins on home ice, the Red Wings have had a pair of second-round exits to the San Jose Sharks and a first-round exit to the Nashville Predators this season.

Now of course, it could be worse; Detroit could pull a Toronto Maple Leafs and miss the playoffs all together and not even be in contention for the Stanley Cup.

But as that is not likely, the Red Wings management will push on and focus on putting a more competitive, hungrier team on the ice this season.

Here are six things that need to happen for a return to hockey's "Promised Land" of the Stanley Cup Finals.

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