An old quote from legendary Tigers Manager Sparky Anderson is applicable in the hockey realm as well:
"You can't tell anything about a baseball team until 40 games have been played."
Different sports, but the same resonating message. In a standard NHL season, judging a team would require around 20 games, but this time around, it's a 12-game mark where fans can start gauging the status of their hockey team.
So far across the league, it's been a season that has experienced every possible outcome.
Going forward for the Detroit Red Wings is a race to get healthier—with their players and their special teams—to tackle the remaining 35 games in the schedule.
Here are seven important topics to think about as the team moves forward into the fast-paced season.