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by IwoCPO on 09/10/07 at 01:01 PM ET
Oh alright. No, he didn’t actually say that. But James Mirtle, writing for AOL’s Fan House, agrees with all other smart people in saying it would take some sort of wacked-out science fiction scenario to keep the Central crown out of Hockeytown.
Detroit may remain an old team by NHL standards, but that’s not going to stop them from winning a seventh consecutive Central Division title. Given the league’s ridiculously unbalanced schedule, one that will see the Red Wings face Chicago/Columbus/Nashville/St. Louis 32 times this season, it’s going to be relatively easy pickings as long as Hasek remains healthy.
Mirtle also predicts, or at least doesn’t discount the possibility, big numbers from our future Captain.
Who’s on the Hook? The big boys, as always. Henrik Zetterberg could enter the ranks of the elite players in the NHL this season if he stays healthy, as there’s 45-goal, 100-point potential there. Goal scoring wasn’t really a strength last season, and both Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk are really the only threats to be point-a-game players.
I don’t see Hank putting up quite those numbers. More like 35 and 90, but only if he plays 75 games.
Datsyuk? There’s your 45, 100 guy.
More from Mirtle on the Wings.
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