Detroit Red Wings: 10 Reasons They're the Team to Beat in the West

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Detroit Red Wings: 10 Reasons They're the Team to Beat in the West
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The Detroit Red Wings have a recent tradition of excellence that can only really be described by one word—consistency.

That consistency has given them a place as the NHL's most successful franchise over the past 20 years.

There are a few reasons for this success, but each year, critics always seem to write off Detroit from postseason success.

This usually ends up with Detroit proving people wrong, making it further than they were projected.

Detroit's nucleus is an older one, but they shed a lot of veterans last season in free agency and have gotten younger with new faces from a variety of places.

They remain a force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference and the league as a whole.

However, this slideshow will not only promote Detroit as a great team in the Western Conference, but as the best team in the Western Conference.

Here are 10 reasons to believe this Detroit team is best in the West this season.

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