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from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Why they should make the Stanley Cup Playoffs

They always do. No matter who has left, no matter what has happened, they have found a way. Nielsen should strengthen the power play and shootout. He scored four shootout goals last season; no player on the Red Wings scored more than two. The Red Wings were in a battle all season for a playoff spot in 2015-16, and in another tight race this season, a shootout goal or two could make the difference.

Why they could miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs

They're long overdue to miss. No other team has made it every season since the salary-cap era began in 2005-06, let alone every season since 1990-91. But they've had to scratch and claw in recent seasons. They edged the Boston Bruins last season because of a tiebreaker, finishing with the same number of points (93) but one more regulation/overtime win (39-38). With little margin for error, if they slip at all, for any number of reasons, the streak could end.

Breakout candidate

Athanasiou. He drops jaws with his moves. As a rookie last season he had nine goals and five assists in 37 games while averaging 9:01 of ice time, giving him 1.62 goals and 2.52 points per 60 minutes, Red Wings bests in those categories. 


Cotsonika also answers five questions regarding the Wings...

How much do Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall and Thomas Vanek have left?

Playing on the wing with Nielsen, Zetterberg won't have to skate as much and will be in position to make plays. The knee injury he sustained in preseason training, which kept him from captaining Team Sweden in the World Cup of Hockey 2016, is not expected to linger. However, Kronwall, 35, has chronic knee problems; he might not be ready for the season opener, and it is unclear how he will perform and hold up. Vanek, 32, has had declining goal totals the past three seasons, from 27 to 21 to 18. But he will start on the third line and the top power-play unit. Vanek doesn't need to reach 40 goals, as he did in 2008-09. If he contributes 20 or so, that will help.

four more questions...

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Our “breakout candidate” could be starting the year in the AHL because of our trainwreck of an offseason.

Posted by captaineclectic on 10/08/16 at 10:19 AM ET

WingedRider's avatar

HSJ says Mantha and AA will end up in GR as there are not enough mins for them. HSJ is ironically usually right. Her head must be stuck on KH’s wall.

Close to the same roster as last year but worse, no sense!!!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 10/08/16 at 02:18 PM ET

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