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from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Here are 20 questions surrounding the Wings as we await official confirmation, and information, regarding next season.

Are the Wings going to be better?
The Red Wings were 17-49-5 last season, with 39 points. The next worst team, Ottawa, had 62 points.

It’s difficult to be that bad in professional sports.

The Wings aren’t going to improve by leaps and bounds, but yes, they can — and will — improve on last season.

They can’t get worse.

In what areas are the Wings better?
Across the board.

Yzerman, and his staff, did a fine job of improving the depth and talent level across the lineup.

Goaltending, defense, forwards, special teams — all of them — are better from a personnel standpoint. Deeper.

There are many more NHL-caliber players in the lineup. That wasn’t always the case last season.

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The Wings aren’t going to improve by leaps and bounds, but yes, they can — and will — improve on last season.

See, I kinda think they will improve by leaps and bounds. I think they’re a good chance they’ll be the most improved team in the NHL.

It’s just that, even with all that improvement, they will still be quite bad overall.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 12/02/20 at 09:20 AM ET

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Im holding my predictions until I see them play.

We cut ties with almost every player that many of us felt were anchors for years now.

Howie won 2 games.  Thats not all on the D as Bernier had a much better record as well as save percentage.  If he wins 12 games were already 20 points better and thats just improving that 1 position.

After our first line we had 0 scoring threat.  With Namestikov and Ryan in addition to Zadina fulltime weve got enough skill to put out 2 legit scoring lines and even potentially 3 lines to be a threat to score.

Our D is so incredibly improved I dont think people realize.  Between Stetcher and Merrill we can be way more capable defensively and faster on transitions. 

Maybe they end up working together like hot garbage and were terrible,  but Im excited at the potential we have coming into the season.

Posted by ThatGuy on 12/02/20 at 09:47 AM ET

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They can’t get worse.

  Fact check true, they can only improve from last season.

better from a personnel standpoint. Deeper.

Also, fact check true. Unlike last year, Yzerman has decided in Ken Holland fashion, to load up on Vets and not rely on youth to fill any depth spots, if and when we have an injury a vet will move up, not a kid, at least until the deadline.

I am personally still holding out hope that Yzerman uses that cap space for more than bringing in 1 yr fillers and deadline flips, and does something that will add someone from a team in cap trouble, earning a sure fire top 6/top 4 prospect in our system to do so.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 12/02/20 at 09:52 AM ET

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Our D is so incredibly improved I dont think people realize.  Between Stetcher and Merrill we can be way more capable defensively and faster on transitions.

I think a big question here is how much playing time Marc Staal is actually going to get. He probably should be our seventh defenseman, but if Blashill gives him first or second pairing minutes and uses him a lot in key defensive situations it’s going to be ugly.

I do agree that Stecher and Merrill (and even a healthy DeKeyser) are massive upgrades. Not because any of those three guys are so amazing, but they are average if not better than average and they’re replacing a group that was catastrophically bad (Daley, Bowey, Green, Ericsson). Last season on a given night probably two thirds of Detroit’s defense lineup was below replacement level. This season it’s really just Staal.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 12/02/20 at 10:07 AM ET

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Not sure if this article has activated their pay wall for this article.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/02/20 at 10:37 AM ET

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/02/20 at 10:37 AM ET

Activated.

Posted by Unhealthy Scratch on 12/02/20 at 10:41 AM ET

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Thanks US. When I first posted it I wasn’t sure if I was signed in at the News, so a few minutes ago, i checked it again, made sure I was logged out and the article still appeared.

Maybe it is a cookies thing and appreciate the heads up.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/02/20 at 10:45 AM ET

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

When are we going to see the Detroit Red Wings in action again?

When the NHL staged a delayed, virtual draft in early October, commissioner Gary Bettman announced Jan. 1 was the target date for the 2020-21 season. Now, that’s less than a month away and there are no games scheduled. Starting in early January means training camps would have to begin in mid-December. That’s looking less likely with each day that passes….

While pro hockey leagues in North America have not been able to start because of the pandemic, leagues in Europe have — but not without problems. The Finnish Liiga has postponed all games until Dec. 19 because of COVID-19. (The Wings had loaned defenseman Jared McIsaac to HPK, but he lasted one shift before injuring a shoulder and returned to Detroit, where he underwent surgery in early November.)

The Swedish Hockey League has had to postpone games, too. Wings defense prospect Moritz Seider, who has been loaned to Rögle, played Tuesday for the first time in two weeks after an outbreak forced the team to pause its season. Other Wings playing in Europe include Joe Veleno (Malmo, SHL); Filip Zadina (HC Ocelari Trinec) and Filip Hronek (Mountfield HK), both the Czech Extraliga; and Gustav Lindstrom and Filip Larsson, both Almtuna in HockeyAllsvenskan (the second-highest league in Sweden. Michael Rasmussen (Graz) and Calvin Pickard (Vienna) are both in Austria.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/02/20 at 11:15 AM ET

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