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11/10/2021 at 11:23am EST

from Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press,

What if I told you the Detroit Red Wings look like a playoff team?

You might have laughed at me before the season started.

You probably wouldn’t have believed me after the season opener, when they blew three-goal leads twice and lost in overtime to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

But now?

After Tuesday night’s impressive 4-2 win at Little Caesars Arena over the Edmonton Oilers, one of the NHL’s best teams, no one’s laughing.

And as far as what everyone is seeing with their own eyes? Now that the Wings have played nearly 20% of their schedule, well what does that song tell us about south Detroit? "Don’t Stop Believin.'"

“We believe in each other and we have a good team,” said Vladislav Namestnikov, a fourth-line winger who scored twice. “When we roll four lines it’s hard to play against us. We want to be that team that teams come in here and say, ‘Wow, it’s hard to play against these guys.’ ”

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