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The Hockey News predicts that the Red Wings will finish seventh in the West

The Hockey News has slowly but surely revealed its predictions for each and every team’s regular season finish/record, and today, they suggest that the Nicklas Lidstrom-less Red Wings will finish seventh in the Western Conference—just good enough to make the playoff cut, but not good enough, in the Hockey News’s eyes, anyway, to make anything more than a one or two-round playoff push:

7 DETROIT RED WINGS:

Why: Welcome to the Twilight Zone. Detroit, on the playoff bubble? It feels odd to even type those words, but the Red Wings’ off-season was disastrous. They lost their best defenseman ever, Nicklas Lidstrom, to retirement, and traded Brad Stuart. The assumption was they’d land a big free agent fish or two to replace them, but GM Ken Holland swung and missed. Even if rookie Brendan Smith shines, the Wings can’t possibly replace what they’ve lost on the back end. That said, Detroit still boasts one of the league’s deepest forward corps, led by Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, and newcomer Jordin Tootoo gives them sorely needed sandpaper. The Wings remain a playoff team, but aren’t a serious Cup threat anymore.

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WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

Detroit, on the playoff bubble? It feels odd to even type those words

It shouldn’t feel odd.  They’ve been saying the same shit for the past 15 years.

Though it is true that this off-season has been bad.

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 08/17/12 at 05:23 PM ET

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Oh, did the season start and nobody told us?

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 08/17/12 at 05:23 PM ET

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Oh, did the season start and nobody told us?

Posted by MsRedWinger from Homer’s Office on 08/17/12 at 03:23 PM ET

This^

THN knows so little it’s hilarious.  What if Kenny manages to swing a trade for Yandle before the regular season starts?  Would have an impact on the back end one would think.  Way too early.

Posted by BrendonR on 08/17/12 at 05:33 PM ET

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Oh, did the season start and nobody told us?
It’s a prediction. By definition, it predates the occurrence of the events it predicts. When everyone predicts Detroit as a frontrunner for the Cup, I don’t see many Wings fans scoffing at it. I don’t think it is too far off the mark either.

In the West, I’d put Detroit behind LA, Vancouver, SJ, St. Louis and Chicago. Nashville is about even. And Minnesota/Edmonton are wild cards. Then there is Anaheim, who knows what they’ll do.

7th seed seems about right for Detroit the way things stand. Giving them the benefit of the doubt, maybe 6th.

I don’t think they will be in serious danger of missing the playoffs completely though.

Posted by awould on 08/17/12 at 05:35 PM ET

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And of course, they’ll probably have Pittsburgh at #1 in the East, despite the fact that they didn’t address their biggest shortcoming in the offseason, namely defense.

Posted by KevinW from United States on 08/17/12 at 05:40 PM ET

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Way too early.

True. But then again, all of these predictions ignore the trades, injuries and everything else that make all these predictions ultimately useless. Obviously the prediction implies it is as things stand now. If Detroit gets Yandle, I’m sure THN will make some comment on how it changes their prediction.

They’re just filling space in their magazine anyways, and giving hockey fans something to chew on. If what you took from this was that you’re mad they didn’t wait until KH pulls his game-changing trade prior to season starts, you’ll probably be waiting a while. I don’t think it’ll happen. I believe his game-changing move was a swing and a miss. It’ll be a long season.

Any opinions on their actual prediction, or just more thoughts on how useless predictions are? Like the prediction we all had that Suter would be a Red Wing, or the one bandied about now that Yandle is a likely option…..  nevermind. This summer has sucked for us Wings fans.

Posted by awould on 08/17/12 at 05:47 PM ET

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bunk

Posted by Rdwings28 on 08/17/12 at 06:18 PM ET

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What if Kenny manages to swing a trade for Yandle before the regular season starts?

Then they’ll have average defense to go with the average offense.  Would that make them #1 in the West?

Posted by Garth on 08/17/12 at 06:48 PM ET

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U R delerious. Wings r gonna be hurtin this yr for sure, but not as bad as people think. however, our blue line cannot afford any kind of injury whatsoever. imagine if kronner or smith had a season ending injury…

Now is the time for the wings to perform. im rallying behind them 100% b/c i know they can do it. There are more “ifs” than even this year, but that just makes it that more exciting.

By the way, I would take pittsburgh 1 in the east…. why wouldnt you? who is going to top them???  lets just say you are RETARDED if you dont pick them first in the east,

Posted by callmedrw on 08/17/12 at 07:25 PM ET

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Welcome to the Twilight Zone. Detroit, on the playoff bubble? It feels odd to even type those words, but the Red Wings’ off-season was disastrous. They lost their best defenseman ever, Nicklas Lidstrom, to retirement, and traded Brad Stuart. The assumption was they’d land a big free agent fish or two to replace them, but GM Ken Holland swung and missed. Even if rookie Brendan Smith shines, the Wings can’t possibly replace what they’ve lost on the back end. That said, Detroit still boasts one of the league’s deepest forward corps, led by Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, and newcomer Jordin Tootoo gives them sorely needed sandpaper. The Wings remain a playoff team, but aren’t a serious Cup threat anymore.

Fixed

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 08/17/12 at 07:28 PM ET

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Yuck! That hurt to read. I agree with it though. Can’t expect better results with less talent.

Posted by NHLrick on 08/17/12 at 07:49 PM ET

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I dont think we got bumped for lack of talent.. were way more talented than nashville.. we needed to upgrade work ethic or increase competition to motivate the players since winning doesnt seem to matter as much to them as playing time.  We picked a more defensively responsible agitator in sammy and another Helm like player in tootoo as far as compete levels go.  Its anyone cuup once you make the second season

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 08/17/12 at 08:01 PM ET

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Old team with aging players. Where are all the young players they have drafted???? Sad to say, this team may not make the playoffs.

Posted by Joey on 08/18/12 at 02:09 AM ET

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An injury to Z or pav and you can kiss the play-off run good-bye

Posted by alan miller from philippines on 08/18/12 at 02:23 AM ET

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Flyin’ under the radar is just fine. The streak aint over yet. Just because some awesome sports beat writer says it, doesn’t make it so. You still gotta take games away from us for it to happen. I say we make the playoffs(whenever hockey is played anyways). All you need is a chance. 8th seed won the cup. So what else you got in your bag of tricks?

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 08/18/12 at 05:01 AM ET

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An injury to Z or pav and you can kiss the play-off run good-bye

Posted by alan miller from philippines on 08/18/12 at 12:23 AM ET

A valid point. But you can also conjure a more positive scenario:

An injury to E52 or Q and Kenny’s hand is forced to make a trade for a real Dman and you can say hello to the play-off run.

Posted by Alex on 08/18/12 at 10:45 AM ET

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This is a real opportunity for Howard to step up and show he can be a great goaltender. He can make all the difference that this team needs to be better than a bottom half playoff team. People have forgotten he was the one caring this team through their troubles last season. I’m confident with him healthy this team is a bigger threat to win the cup than anyone would predict.

I’m dumbstruck over the comments about the lack of detroit’s youth. With all the kids coming to Grand Rapids this year I almost would rather have season tickets there than Detroit.

Posted by Howeandhowe from Seattle on 08/18/12 at 01:17 PM ET

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The 8 seed won the cup, but also a very good team. They did not play well during the season but they made good moves at the dead line and had a great goalie in the play-offs.  Their team stepped it up when it counted,can we count our guys to do the same? Holland needs to shake things up with a mid size move at least shore up the D. I like our team does not cut it anymore!!!!

Posted by alan miller from philippines on 08/19/12 at 02:17 AM ET

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As a Red Wings fan I guess my only hope is the season will be cancelled; In 20 years i have never been so not looking forward to the coming season.

Posted by Marilyn from Michigan on 08/23/12 at 09:54 AM ET

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