Detroit Red Wings 2011-2012 Season: 7 Things To Expect in the Coming Year

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Detroit Red Wings 2011-2012 Season: 7 Things To Expect in the Coming Year
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The dust has settled after a whirlwind of activity over the last few weeks.

The NHL draft happened, full schedules were released and free-agent frenzy struck, leaving a lot of teams looking much different than they did when they finished out their seasons.

Thankfully, the Detroit Red Wings are not one of those teams.

While the Wings have undergone more changes this offseason than usual, the more important parts of the team remain intact. They didn't go out and trade away two-thirds of their captaincy, nor did they make a huge splash at the draft or on the free-agent market.

Instead, the Wings made subtle moves that should pay dividends as next season progresses—hereby referred to as the season.

So what should we expect from the Winged Wheel during the 2011-2012 season? Here are seven predictions I have moving forward towards October.

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