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How Dominant Were The Wings?

05/21/2020 at 7:46am EDT

from Eric Duhatschek, Scott Burnside and Sean McIndoe,

Of all the assignments we’ve done here lately at The Athletic – ranking players by numbers, by alphabet and even by Zodiac signs (Who is the greatest Sagittarian of all time?) – this might be the most intriguing exercise yet:

Choosing the 25 most dominant teams of the past 50 years....

6. Detroit Red Wings, 2001-02
Record: 51-17-10-4, 116 points (82 games). Won Stanley Cup.

Count the Hall of Famers on this team: Steve Yzerman, Dominik Hasek, Chris Chelios, Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Brett Hull, Igor Larionov, Luc Robitaille, Brendan Shanahan, plus owner Mike Illitch, coach Scotty Bowman and Mark Howe, who was on the pro scouting staff. Chances are, Pavel Datsyuk will join their ranks as soon as he’s eligible for HHOF selection. Bowman’s greatest challenge may have been convincing so many stars of the NHL galaxy to cheerfully accept lesser roles because otherwise there wouldn’t be enough ice time to go around. The Wings had a brief scare in losing to the Carolina Hurricanes in the finals opener, but they recovered nicely from that setback and won the next four.

rmore (paid) team which include the 97-98 Detroit team at #17 and the 95-96 team ar #22...

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