DETROIT RED WINGS
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Regular Season Record: 44-24-14, 102 pts
Head-to-Head Record: 2-2
Last Stanley Cup Win: 2008
Last Stanley Cup Final Appearance: 2009
Last Postseason Appearance: 2009
Players with Stanley Cup Rings: Pavel Datsyuk (2), Henrik Zetterberg, Brian Rafalski (3), Johan Franzen, Nicklas Lidstrom (4), Nicklas Kronwall, Dan Cleary, Valtteri Filppula, Tomas Holmstrom (4), Kris Draper (4), Brett Lebda, Andreas Lilja, Brad Stuart, Kirk Maltby (4), Aaron Downey, Drew Miller, Jason Williams, Brad May, Darren Helm, Chris Osgood (3)
A reason to cheer for the Red WIngs: If you enjoy well coached, disciplined hockey teams who play the game the right way, then the Wings are for you. Their roster is filled with players who are willing to pay the price to win games. They are a fundamentally sound team that can roll four lines and sacrifice individual glory for what is best for the team, which speaks to the professionalism of those inside the organization. While virtually every member of the team owns at least one Stanley Cup ring, the team would undoubtedly love to reward rookie netminder Jimmy Howard for his excellent freshman season by helping him secure his first bit of jewelry.
What They Bring To The Table: Detroit is the type of team that no one wants to face in the first round. After some early season struggles, injury concerns and a change in starting netminders, the Red Wings hit their stride late in the season and appear to be peaking at the right time. Head coach Mike Babcock continues to show why he is considered one of the best in the business as he has been able to keep the Wings on track even when it appeared as though everything was about to fall apart. While both Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg had what can be considered ‘off’ years, both have the ability to turn up their game when it matters most. Their veteran core is more savvy and battle-tested than any team in the post-season and a third straight appearance in the finals is certainly not out of the question.