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Detroit's Defense Looking Better

08/18/2021 at 10:46am EDT

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Here is how was playing on defense for the Wings on March 10, 2020, against Carolina, the last Wings’ game before the pandemic would temporarily shut sports down two days later: Alex Biega, Madison Bowey, Trevor Daley, Jonathan Ericsson, Filip Hronek and Gustav Lindstrom.

The healthy scratch was Cody Goloubef, who played sparingly for the Wings in the month he was with the team.

It’s a mix of young players learning on the job (Hronek, Lindstrom), journeymen defensemen clawing to stay in the NHL (Biega, Bowey), and two veterans past their prime (Daley, Ericsson).

In 17 months since, general manager Steve Yzerman has transformed the defense into an NHL-quality unit.

Barring injuries in training camp, the Wings have an extremely competitive defense unit heading into opening night of the 2021-22 season.

Nick Leddy, Dany DeKeyser (who essentially missed that entire 2019-20 season due to back surgery), Marc Staal, Jordan Oesterle, Hronek, Lindstrom, Troy Stecher and, likely, Moritz Seider, will comprise the Wings’ defense.

There's little comparison between the two units.

read on ($$$)

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