The Detroit Red Wings’ season is just about halfway over, or, to put it another way, the Detroit Red Wings still have half a season to play.
Which perspective one chooses to take likely depends on how one views a glass with 50 percent of its volume occupied.
For those fans who reflect on the past 40 games and see a smattering of squandered leads, lengthy winless streaks and powerless offense spread across them, the season-to-date has likely been a letdown.
Still, one might see a team that is poised to improve upon their position in the standings as several key players return to the lineup. As such, the second half of the season provides a prime opportunity for Detroit to steady itself en route to a strong finish.
Which way the winds in Detroit are actually blowing is still anyone’s guess. However, there have been plenty of surprises that have popped up over the first half of the season that are worthy of discussion.
Here’s a look at five of the biggest surprises Detroit’s offered up through the 2013-14 season so far.