In what has been an up and down first quarter of the season, the Detroit Red Wings have been the beneficiary of some surprises.
Going into a new season, clubs always have some questions that need answering. Teams look to establish their style of play while progressively developing their identity. In Detroit’s case, injuries, underachievement and inconsistency have riddled its lineup.
The Red Wings currently hold the fourth spot in the Atlantic Division with a record of 11-7-7. They have struggled throughout November with a mark of 4-3-5, including a stretch of seven consecutive losses—five straight in overtime or a shootout.
On the plus side, some aspects have fallen into place and other strengths have emerged. Because of this, Detroit has enjoyed some welcome unexpected production.
Here are five of the Wings’ most pleasant surprises in 2013-14.