Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 4/14/13

Playoff hockey and Hockey Town go together like peanut butter and jelly. Detroit has missed the playoffs just once since 1991. Even more impressive is that they have gotten knocked out in the front round just three times since 1995. This year however, the Red Wings are feeling blue. Photo Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS Currently they sit on the cusp of the playoffs, located in eighth place with Dallas, Columbus, and Phoenix nipping at their heels. Is it possible to fathom hockey in late April going south to their conference foes instead of seeing octopi fly? Or even more ridiculous having Columbus host a playoff game? This year was definitely a rebuilding year in Detroit-if that is even allowed. A year after losing long time captain and arguably the greatest defenseman of all-time in Nicklas Lidstrom, many thought the team would take on a new look rolling in younger players. However, the problem does not lie on the back end, but surprisingly enough with the forwards up front. The defensive core isn’t anything special, headlined by bone crusher Niklas Cronwall and then filled out with solid players. And in goal, Jimmy Howard is having an above average year. The issue lies in the lack of committee scoring that’s usually plentiful in Motown. Last year, the Red Wings had 11 players with at least 10 goals. Franzen and Hudler led the team with 19 and 25 respectively. This year, Jiri Hudler is gone through free agency to the Flames and Franzen has just eight goals in 34 games. Valtteri Filppula’s production is also down as he only netted seven goals thus far. Without the breakout of Damien Brunner coming over from the Swiss league, this team would be in huge trouble. He is credited with 11 goals on the season as well as the game winning scores in both of Detroit’s shootout wins. In the 2011-12 season the club trailed only the Canucks in goals for in the West. The Edmonton Oilers are only one goal behind them this year. With aging stars in Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterburg, GM Ken Holland needs to pull some strings and get a younger star up front. Without a change of pace, the Red Wings will only get worse as younger teams like the Oilers and Blue Jackets only get better. It could be time for a changing of the guard in the NHL. After all, next year starts a new league with new conferences. Maybe the Red Wings will leave their supremacy behind and fade into the mix of teams always battling to get into to the playoffs, let alone reaching the Stanley Cup. Only time will tell if Hockey Town will hand around. -Miller

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Vince Carter throws out first pitch for 'SagerStrong Night'

Knicks GM Scott Perry has yet to meet with owner James Dolan

Karl-Anthony Towns, Jimmy Butler reportedly recruiting Kyrie Irving to the Timberwolves

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer gives David Johnson stitches

Report: Dodgers interested in Mets RP Addison Reed

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Despite Kyrie Irving rumors, Carmelo Anthony still focused on the Rockets

Pablo Sandoval appears at AT&T Park after signing with Giants

Report: Brewers interested in 2B Ian Kinsler

Ten college football stars most likely to unseat Lamar Jackson for the Heisman

Report: Kyrie Irving asked Cavs to trade him

Report: Knicks open to trading Carmelo, picks for Kyrie

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

Best of Yardbarker: General managers take the spotlight

The 'Pay that man his money' quiz

The unexpected rise of the Connecticut Sun

The National League Wild Card is suddenly relevant again

Kicking It: USMNT struggles to find consistency in Gold Cup as World Cup qualifying nears

Three Up, Three Down: The Dodgers are a complete juggernaut right now

BIG3 Week 5: Pivotal make-or-break weekend in Chicago

Who won the Open Championship in the year you were born?

Making an NFL GM change in the summer has its benefits

Box Score 7/21: Stay cool this weekend sports fans

The 'Let's show a little love for James Jones' quiz

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

The National League Wild Card is suddenly relevant again

The 'Pay that man his money' quiz

BIG3 Week 5: Pivotal make-or-break weekend in Chicago

The 'Let's show a little love for James Jones' quiz

Making an NFL GM change in the summer has its benefits

The 'Yoan Moncada era starts now' quiz

The Orioles need to unwind past deals if they are going to rebuild

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Sam Hinkie is calling the shots

The 'No one is betterer than Roger Federer' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker