An eighth-place finish in the Eastern Conference for the Detroit Red Wings may not be an “impressive” season by their standards.
However, with Man Games Lost indicating that the Red Wings suffered through a franchise-record 417 man-games lost, they’ve come out smelling like a rose.
After securing the final spot in the East, Detroit is preparing for its daunting first-round opponent, the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Boston Bruins. Detroit won the season series 3-1—all three wins in regulation—outscoring the formidable Bruins 13-9.
Detroit suffered through long stretches without world-class talents and team leaders Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk. It’s hard for a team to press on effectively without its best players, but the Red Wings overcame those absences with impressive contributions from some unlikely sources.
Their 23rd consecutive playoff appearance could wield significantly more drama with continued production from the players that got them to the postseason—and Ansar Khan of MLive.com reporting that Henrik Zetterberg may return in the second round.
Their notable performances landed each player on the following list.