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Previewing the East: Detroit Red Wings

Thursday, 08.01.2013 / 7:00 AM / Features
By Kristyn Repke  - BlueJackets.com




NOTE:
Over the next several weeks, BlueJackets.com will take an extensive, in-depth look at the Jackets' new opponents in the Eastern Conference. Be on the lookout for photo galleries, analysis, video highlights and more!

DETROIT RED WINGS SEASON PREVIEW GALLERY


DETROIT RED WINGS

Head Coach: Mike Babcock
Captain:Henrik Zetterberg
Division: Atlantic


LAST YEAR:
24-16-8 (56 points); 7th place in the West, lost in seven games in the Western Conference Semifinals vs. Chicago

VS. CBJ ('13-14)
:
10/15, 3/11, 3/25

OUTLOOK: After a season that saw the Red Wings with a much younger team (by their standards) and began with a slow start, Detroit was able to turn its 2012-13 campaign around and make it into the playoffs. Their end-of-season momentum could translate into a quick start for their first season in the Eastern Conference. That conference switch is a similar situation to what the Blue Jackets hope to take advantage of, including less travel time and earlier game starts. The Red Wings also picked up Daniel Alfredsson in the off-season, so his adjustment to the team could be a key factor in the first months of the year. Now that the young players have developed a bit more in last year's shortened NHL season and the top line found its scoring touch in the playoffs, expect this Red Wings team to be better than they were last year.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

Pavel Datsyuk

He was hands down the Red Wings' best offensive player last season. He led the team in points (49), goals (15) and has one of the most accurate shots in the league. Datsyuk is a player teams have to pay attention to when he's on the ice because he effortlessly makes things happen for his team. Whether it's a pass, highlight-reel dangle or snipe, Datsyuk has the stick handling and skating skills to get the job done. Expect him to showcase his skills just as much, if not more, in the Eastern Conference against some of the league's top stars.


Jimmy Howard

Howard has established himself as the unquestioned No. 1 goaltender for the Red Wings, and he's just entering his prime. At 29 years old, Howard still has some of his best years ahead of him and with less travel in the Eastern Conference, it's scary to think how much he could benefit from it. With a capable backup in Jonas Gustavsson and the usual offensive firepower in front of him, Howard could help lead the Red Wings to their 23rd consecutive playoff appearance.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 2 2 1 0 3
M. Calvert 2 2 0 3 2
R. Johansen 2 1 1 -1 2
B. Dubinsky 2 0 2 0 2
D. Savard 2 0 2 1 2
B. Jenner 2 0 2 -1 2
D. MacKenzie 2 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 2 1 0 1 1
A. Anisimov 2 0 1 -1 1
C. Atkinson 2 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 1 0 .905 3.00
 
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