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There are a number of scenarios for the Red Wings this season, and no one scenario is like any other, as all are completely possible due to the unpredictability of the NHL landscape.
Best-Case Scenario: Stanley Cup Champions
When a team makes an assertion that it should be in the conversation for a Stanley Cup, hockey fans, analysts and others take notice.
The Red Wings did just in 2012-13, as they made an assertion that the regular season was a fluke. The Wings knocked out the No. 2 seed Anaheim Ducks and took the reigning Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks to the brink in seven games before losing in overtime of Game 7.
If the Wings are firing on all cylinders, like they were in the preseason game on Friday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, they will be very hard to stop. Detroit went 3-for-4 on the power play in that game and looked nothing short of dominant.
If they can sustain any part of that dominance in the regular season, it wouldn't be a stretch to see this team repeat last year's magic in the playoffs.
Worst-Case Scenario: Miss the Playoffs
While no Red Wings fan has the possibility of the Red Wings missing the playoffs on their mind, it could happen. The Red Wings went into the playoffs last season as the No. 7 seed and actually had to win their last four games to qualify for the playoffs.
If the Red Wings had two fewer points last season, they wouldn't have made the playoffs. Simple as that.
If Detroit gets hit by the injury bug again this season, like they did last season and throughout this preseason, it could be a very long year for the Red Wings organization.