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The Current Tampa Bay Lightning Or The Detroit Red Wings From The 1995-96 Season

from Joe Smith of The Athletic,

When Red​ Wings executive Jimmy​ Devellano​ watches​ the Lightning​ from​ his​ lower-bowl​ seats​ at​ Amalie​​ Arena, it’s like taking a trip through time.

There’s the Canadian-born captain determined to end a decade-long quest for the Stanley Cup.

The Norris Trophy-winning defenseman from Sweden who can control a game.

The dynamic Russian forward making magic every night.

Yes, this Lightning team looks an awful lot like the mid-1990s Red Wings juggernaut that Devellano helped build as the former general manager. So it’s no surprise to him that Tampa Bay is chasing the 1995-96 Detroit team that won 62 games (and a record 131 points).

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Not even close, except nationalities of some players.

Posted by wings8 on 03/13/19 at 11:00 AM ET

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Not even close, except nationalities of some players.

Posted by wings8 on 03/13/19 at 11:00 AM ET

Closer than you maybe think.

The 1995-96 DET team wasn’t yet the juggernaut that they later were.  This was the season they acquired Kirk Maltby IIRC.  The juggernaut wasn’t yet built.  It’s easy to poo-poo it, but, that DET team hadn’t won a Cup yet.  They’d lost in the FInals to NJ, and then in the Conf. Finals to COL.

I realize they put up 62 wins but, DET still wasn’t the strongest playoff team yet.  TB could flirt with 60 Wins this year.  It’s a story of caution though if you’re TB, because DET didn’t win a Cup that year.

Posted by Primis on 03/13/19 at 11:22 AM ET

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This was the season they acquired Kirk Maltby IIRC.
Posted by Primis on 03/13/19 at 11:22 AM ET

Maltby was a 50-goal scorer in junior.

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 03/13/19 at 12:09 PM ET

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And that team got unceremoniously swept by the Devils in the ‘96 SCFs.  So much so that the Wings copied the Devils’ Crash Line and put Maltby, Draper, and Kocur together and the rest is Wings history.

Honestly, though, I haven’t followed the Bolts all that much this season, so if they have a checking line anywhere near as effective as the Crash Line and the Grind Line, they might actually have a better chance than the 95-96 Wings of not getting humiliated in the SCFs, at the least.

Posted by SYF from a deja vu of the 85-86 season on 03/13/19 at 02:38 PM ET

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