Will the Red Wings Finally Do It?

The Captain -Brian KatesSenior Analyst IMarch 29, 2008

2002. The last time the Detroit Red Wings placed a ring on the Stanley Cup trophy. Will they do it again?

It is true that the Wings have dominated the league since the mid-'90s, but have fallen short when it comes to the playoffs; many times exiting in the first or second round.

This reporter tends to agree with Head Coach Mike Babcock, who said that this is the best Red Wing team he has ever coached.

This time the Wings are without their former captain, Steve Yzerman, and other players like Brendan Shanahan and Igor Larionov. However, with forwards like Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, and old standbys like Nicklas Lidstrom and Chris Chelios on defense, Detroit really does have one of their best shots at another Cup victory. The return of the "Grind Line", Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby and Darren McCarty, doesn't hurt either.

Now the question is: When will we know if they are going to win? I predict that if they make it to the third round by defeating their opponents decisively, they will take the Cup.

And for this former Hockeytown resident, it will have been well worth the wait. 

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