WINGS 4 More impressive than the Red Wings’ current streak of 23 playoff appearances is the four Stanley Cup Trophies garnered during the run, which is only second to the Montreal Canadiens’ streak of 24 seasons which included eight Stanley Cups. Projected Roster HEAD COACH: MIKE BABCOCK LW C RW 1st Line: Henrik Zetterberg Pavel Datsyuk Justin Abdelkader 2nd Line: Gustav Nyquist Stephen Weiss Johan Franzen 3rd Line: Tomas Tatar Riley Sheahan Tomas Jurco 4th Line: Drew Miller Darren Helm Joakim Andersson D D #1 Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson #2 Brendan Smith Danny DeKeyser #3 Jakub Kindl Kyle Quincey G Starter Jimmy Howard Backup Jonas Gustavsson Scoreboard 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10 PLAYOFF FINISH Conf QF Conf SF Conf QF Conf SF Conf SF REGULAR SEASON 39-28-15 24-16-8 48-28-6 47-25-10 44-24-14 POINT TOTAL 93 56 102 104 102 SHOOTOUT RECORD 5-9 2-5 9-3 4-4 6-9 GOALS SCORED 222 124 248 261 229 GOALS ALLOWED 230 115 203 241 216 POWER-PLAY % 17.7 18.4 16.1 22.3 19.2 PENALTY KILL % 83.1 81.7 81.8 82.3 83.9 face on the team. After 17 seasons with the Ottawa Senators, 41-year old Daniel Alfredsson tied for the team lead with 49 points, and the Red Wings hope he’ll return for one final season if he can overcome nagging back injuries. Along the blue line, Niklas Kronwall continued to show improvement in his 10th season with the Red Wings. He tied Alfredsson with 49 points and was one of the few players to stay healthy all season. Defense The Red Wings may have suffered just as much on defense as on offense because of their big injuries. Although their defensemen were comparatively healthy, Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Franzen are three of the best two-way forwards in the league. While the young forwards were able to prove themselves on the offensive end, they struggled much more in their own zone. One of the players that did excel on both ends of the ice, and will be counted on to do it again, was Kronwall. Playing most of his career in the shadow of future Hall-of-Famer Nicklas Lidstrom, Kronwall has come into his own over the last few years and established himself as a team leader. Following along with the theme of the year, Jonathan Ericsson had his season end in March when his left middle finger was shattered by a puck in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Although he continues to get treatment on the injury seven months later, Ericsson will be counted on to anchor the team’s top defensive pairing alongside Kronwall. Danny DeKeyser has been a pleasant surprise for the Red Wings. He came to the team as an undrafted free agent but finished last season second on the team in ice time per game. He was rewarded for his play with a two-year, $4.3 million contract. DeKeyser will generally find himself as a part of the second defensive pairing with Brendan Smith. Outside of those four, Kyle Quincey should see minutes in the third pairing. He was one of only two Red Wings to play in all 82 games last season. His linemate is far less clear. Brian Lashoff and Jakub Kindl are back but both struggled in the defensive zone and players like Xavier Ouellet, Ryan Sproul and Alexey Marchenko, who all saw some playing time last season, will be competing for ice time.
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