The regular season is just around the corner and the Detroit Red Wings still have some things to figure out.
Between trimming down to the 23-man roster, getting healthy and becoming salary-cap compliant, there is still plenty of work to be done with two preseason games remaining. However, those are concerns that will be dealt with before the start of the regular season.
After the lockout-shortened season, the Wings are prepping for their first 82-game campaign under the new collective bargaining agreement. Detroit lost Valtteri Filppula and Damien Brunner in free agency, but were quick to replace both with Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss.
While chemistry will be an early concern, it will come around over the course of the year. Once the roster is scribed in ink and the team takes the ice, there will be bigger stories to keep an eye on.
Here are five of the biggest storylines the Detroit Red Wings will face this season.