The Detroit Red Wings didn’t do so well when it came to getting the early lead on the road last year. In their past they have been one of the best when it came to scoring goals early, so this was a huge surprise. I’m trying to stay away from certain days of the week. But, Detroit wasn’t that great on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays they had a combined record of 7-12-2. 16 points on those days aren’t going to cut it. Nicklas Lindstrom struggled last year. It was his first time since the 01-02 season that he did not score at least ten goals.
The Red Wings did a good job drawing more penalties than receiving penalties on the road and at home. Their man advantage margin was at a +40. Their penalty kill also improved. Their PK went from 25th in 08-09 to 10th last season. Their power play goals against was also reduced from 71 goals in 08-09 to 43 goals last season. Detroit was also really good after the Olympic Break. After the Olympic Break the Red Wings were 16-3-2, which was the best in the NHL. Detroit also pilled on 86 points in 61 games when playing on days other than Tuesday or Wednesday. On Thursdays Detroit went 11-1-3 and on Saturdays Detroit went 13-6-4.
Detroit’s Off Season:
Detroit didn’t lose anyone significant this past off season compared to last summer. So, with that said, Detroit did get a little bit older by adding Mike Modano so, don’t look for Detroit to be the quickest team out there.
Where I see Detroit:
Detroit did get a little bit older, so, they shouldn’t be as quick, but, Detroit has a solid blue line. They play smart hockey. They keep their sticks in passing lanes and they always find the open man when passing the puck. Also, some teams will just force the puck to someone who’s open. Detroit has the chemistry to pass accurate and to pass the puck where one of their players are going. Because of their smart hockey type of play, Detroit shouldn’t have a problem getting into the playoffs. It’s keeping up with the younger talent that will be a problem for Detroit.