Detroit Red Wings News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
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7/25/13: The Red Wings are finally moving to the Eastern Conference. While it benefits them from both a travel and competitive standpoint, it really is the final nail in the coffin for the old "Chuck" Norris Division. That division featured Detroit, the Chicago Blackhawks, the St. Louis Blues, the Minnesota North Stars, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs were moved to the East years ago, and the North Stars moved to Dallas and ended up in the Pacific division. However, the Blues, Blackhawks and Red Wings had years of intense rivalries which now seem to be lost to history.
7/18/13: The Detroit Red Wings only had one player file for arbitration, Brendan Smith. Smith, 24, is a defensive defenseman with zero goals and eight assists in 34 games last regular season, though scored two goals and three assists in 14 playoff games this season. He also eats up ice time - over 19 minutes per game in the playoffs. He is young and expected to take another step in development this coming season, particularly with the release of Carlo Colavaccio and Ian White. The Wings are also expected to sign both of their restricted free agents, Joakim Andersson and Gustav Nyquist in the near future.
7/11/13: The Red Wings were able to sign Daniel Alfredson to a two year deal, as Alfie seeks his first Stanley Cup. Alfie has played his entire 19 year career with the Ottawa Senators, and IS the franchise. He took lower money for years to help the team, but now he admits he is being selfish and wanted to be with a contender - something that he did not feel the Senators were close too. That the Red Wings won his service is no surprise, they tend to get veterans and actually get some good life out of them - like Brett Hull and Brendan Shanahan (who was just announced as a Hall of Fame inductee).
6/20/13: The Red Wings announced that they are going to get a new arena. Their new home will take a couple years to build, and will be located near Ford Field and Comerica Park - home of the Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers, respectively. It is expected to cost $650 million, and the hope is that a unified downtown sports area will continue to revived the area. The Red Wings have played in Joe Lewis Arena since 1979. It is the third oldest arena in the league, behind Madison Square Garden (major renovation) and Nassau Coliseum (which the Islanders are abandoning in 2015).
5/23/13: Perhaps inexplicably, the Red Wings have a 2-1 on the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round of the playoffs. Chicago had the best regular season record of any team in the NHL, and set a record for most games without a regulation loss to start the season. Chicago cruised past the Wild in the first round, and figured to do the same against Detroit. But old rivalries have the magic of pushing inferior teams to the best of their abilities. And that is the case here. If Detroit can continue to keep every game close, then they can take advantage of their superior goaltending to make it to the Western Conference finals.
5/16/13: The Red Wings were better than their record indicated all year. They made the playoffs on the last night of the regular season as the 7th seed and have taken full advantage of that. Detroit battled with Anaheim, the second seed in the West, and took them to the full seven games before finally beating the rejuvenated Southern California team. The Red Wings were close to missing the playoffs for the first time in a quarter century, but the team is built for the playoffs. Next up will be a bloody series with the hated Chicago Blackhawks.
2013 Stanley Cup Playoff Team - Detroit Red Wings
For a period of time, it looked like the staple of any Stanley Cup Playoff in the last two decades would be left off the invite list for this year's party. The Detroit Red Wings struggled mightily out of the gate this year, missing retired defenseman Niklas Lidstrom more than anyone cared to predict or admit. However, over the course of the year, the veteran core that has led the Red Wings to past Stanley Cup Finals have relied on an infusion of young talent and the reliable goaltending of Jimmy Howard to get them back into the postseason.
The core - including Johan Franzen, Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, and Niklas Kronwall - still leads the team in most scoring categories and simply seemed to take a little longer to get going without its familiar blue-line leader in the soon to be Hall of Famer Lidstrom. Because their backs were put to the wall weeks ago with respect to even qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Red Wings have been in playoff do-or-die mode for longer than most teams and will post a significant challenge to their round one opponent, the Anaheim Ducks. Despite their midseason streak, the Ducks have been trailing behind the Chicago Blackhawks for the entire season but ahead of their division rival the Los Angeles Kings, so Anaheim hasn't had the same kind of daily intensity. Therefore, the Red Wings could be poised to do far more than just show up for the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs; they could make a significant run, starting with the disposal of the Ducks.
Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup Playoff Opponent
The Red Wings went 2-1 versus the Anaheim Ducks in the 2013 NHL season and both wins came on the road. The Wings are hoping to get out to a hot start on the road and then improve their performance at home in the Joe Louis Arena.
|1/27/2013||Ducks||5-2||Joe Louis Arena|
|3/22/2013||Red Wings||5-1||Honda Center|
|3/24/2012||Red Wings||2-1||Honda Center|
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