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A Question Per Team

from Stu Hackel of the Red Light,

... instead, here’s one of our favorite preseason habits. Rather than exhaustively breaking down each team’s offense, defense, goaltending, special teams, coaching, intangibles and so forth (we’ll let Adrian Dater and Darren Eliot do that), let’s try to boil down each team’s success or failure to one or a few essential themes. Each club has them and the answers to these questions, theoretically at least, should go a long way to determining if teams plays up to their expectations and potential.

Anaheim – Can goalie Jonas Hiller, who missed a large chunk of last season with a mysterious case of vertigo, avoid a reoccurrence and bounce back to his excellent first-half form that had him close to Tim Thomas as the best goalie in the NHL?

Boston — Assuming Tim Thomas plays somewhere in the neighborhood of his remarkable performance last season, can the Bruins survive the short offseason? Can they continue to have the good fortune and good health every champion requires and beat back the diminished hunger that almost always accompanies winning it all? Can they become the first team to repeat as Stanley Cup champions since the Red Wings in 1998?

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Detroit — Despite an infusion of youth, the core of the Red Wings is still older and, in the case of top defender Nick Lidstrom, near the end. Will the years and miles catch up with this group before the younger players can effectively assert themselves as the next generation of Detroit stalwarts?

It’s become a rite of fall since 1998.

Has the media no shame?

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 10/05/11 at 06:54 PM ET

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Detroit

Gee, and here I was hoping for something semi-insightful. Silly Me.

Here’s some easy replacement questions for you Stu. I wont even complain if you redact what you’ve got now:
-How will the new and untried coaching staff adjust to the NHL, and can they and the new defensemen bolster a Red Wing defense which has seen it’s Goals against creep upward the last few seasons?
-Can a healthy Datsyuk reach 100 points? Can Zetterberg?
-Will Filppula and Hudler finally have the big season fans are hoping for or do they get packaged at the deadline for a defenseman?
-What will an already dangerous Detroit team do with it’s unprecedented $5m in cap space at the deadline?
-Will Ericsson earn his expensive new paycheck and can Commodore regain some pride and earn a regular spot in the lineup?
-What does the youth infusion bring to the team and can they pressure for ice time from so many skilled and savvy veterans?

See? easy.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 10/05/11 at 08:15 PM ET

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OMG, the Wings are like so old! Eventually all of their players will retire!

Posted by Seaner on 10/06/11 at 04:18 AM ET

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