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It Feels Different

12/05/2021 at 1:09pm EST

from Bob Duff of Detroit Hockey Now,

Selling hope isn’t something unusual for recent editions of the Detroit Red Wings. Installing belief . . . well, that’s an entirely new revelation.

The Red Wings are 13-9-3 on the NHL season. If the Stanley Cup playoffs were beginning today, Detroit would be the first Wild Card team in the Eastern Conference. The Wings have more points than four of the five teams that played in the past three Stanley Cup finals – the Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens. They’re ahead of the Colorado Avalanche, who were the preseason Stanley Cup favorites and Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

True, they’ve been here before, albeit not this late into the season. The Wings have teased the faithful in past seasons with four and five-game win streaks. They’ve suggested that they were turning the corner, that there was a light at the end of the tunnel. A sudden seven-game skid would quickly reveal that light to be an oncoming train.

This season, though, doesn’t it feel diifferent, like this club might actually be for real?

Captain Dylan Larkin certainly think that’s the case.

“For the first time in a while here we’ve really bought into playing for each other and doing everything to close games out,” Larkin said.

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