Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup Chances: 5 Reasons Red Wings Could Contend in 2013

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Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup Chances: 5 Reasons Red Wings Could Contend in 2013
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The Detroit Red Wings' playoff run (and shot at a Stanley Cup) starts Saturday night in St. Louis, as the Red Wings cannot afford to waste any time with the shortened 48-game season.

The Red Wings will be looking to make the playoffs for the 22nd straight season.

But will they flop this season with another first or second-round exit as they have during the previous three playoff seasons?

For all intents and purposes, the answer should be no.

Here are five reasons the Red Wings are still able of contending for a Cup, despite losing former captain, Nick Lidstrom.

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