Detroit Red Wings Rally Down the Stretch

Katie EvansCorrespondent IMarch 13, 2008

The Detroit Red Wings have lead the Western Conference for what seems like the whole season and now sit atop with an eight-point lead over San Jose; and a 20-point lead over Central Division foe the Nashville Predators.

With a President's Trophy almost in the bag for Detroit they have not only added a top defensemen in Brad Stuart, they are also getting back all of the injured players that they had during their February slump.

The Wings made a great move at the trade deadline by picking up Brad Stuart from the L.A Kings. Stuart will be helping out greatly with the Wings defense which was struggling with injuries in mid-February. Stuart has been playing well and scored his first goal against Nashville along with a 4-3 win.

With the season coming to an end the Red Wings will more than likely be going into the playoffs on top.

If playoffs were to start we would be facing the Vancouver Canucks which could be a fairly easy first round win for the Red Wings. With the Wings dominating three of the four games played against the Canucks this season it could very well be a four game sweep or at least a entertaining series to watch.

With Johan Franzen contributing offensively as of late with six-points in the last four games Franzen could be someone to watch out for in the playoffs.

Another person to be on the lookout during the playoffs would be not only the obvious of Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, and Nicklas Lidstrom; Daniel Cleary will be returning which will be a huge advantage for Detroit.

After suffering a broken jaw, Cleary will more than likely come back playing as well as he always has. The Wings clearly feel this way as well after signing him to a five year, $14 million dollar contract which may have been one of the best moves that the Wings made this season.

The Wings are again coming up to an eight straight 100-points or more season which is showing that Detroit is the team to beat.

Keep an eye out for them as the playoffs creep up upon us.