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One constant in all of hockey season after season is the Red Wings being in the playoffs.
To go back to a time when the Red Wings missed the playoffs, we'd be heading back to a time when a gallon of gas was $1.16. Twenty-one years have past since then and the Red Wings have won the Stanley Cup four times.
Currently behind only the Canucks in the West, their spot in the playoffs is all but confirmed. With a veteran-filled roster that knows how to win in the playoffs, no team should take them lightly.
The Red Wings are looking to get the bitter taste out of their mouths that was left after a 4-1 series defeat at the hands of the San Jose Sharks last season.
Always a strong defense, captained by six-time Norris Trophy winning Nicklas Lidstrom, they are suited for playoff hockey. With the recent return of Pavel Datsyuk from injured reserve, the Red Wings have once again found their scoring touch.
Coached to perfection by highly respected and tough-minded Mike Babcock, the Wings are playing well at the right time.
If their powerful offense can build an early lead and the defense can keep the other team from matching they stand a good chance to head far into the playoffs. The Red Wings are 18-0-2 when leading after two periods this season, an impressive number which could become more pronounced in the playoffs.
The only questionable piece on the team, like the Flyers, is their goaltending. Only in his second full season, Red Wings franchise goalie Jimmy Howard has slipped after finishing last season with a .924 save percentage and 2.26 goals-against average.
If Howard can return to his level of play from his first full season, he may be able to take the Wings back to the Stanley Cup for the third time in four years.