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The Detroit Red Wings have played in the last 21 Stanley Cup playoffs. That postseason streak might be in jeopardy.
The storied franchise is starting a season without seven-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom for the first time since the 1990-91, the year its run in the playoffs began.
Lidstrom retired last summer and the 42-year-old defenseman turned down an offer from Red Wings general manager Ken Holland to play in the lockout-shortened season.
Henrik Zetterberg is the new captain on a team that has a chance to be better up front and in net. Niklas Kronwall will lead the way on defense and will need plenty of help from Jonathan Ericsson, Ian White and Brendan Smith.
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The Red Wings suffered a huge blow with the retirement of Nicklas Lidstrom. Many fans of the Red Wings can't remember a time where he wasn't dominating their blue line, and now this season they'll be looking at Carlo Colaiacovo back there. Tomas Holmstrom is retiring officially on Tuesday, and while they will be captained by the always excellent Henrik Zetterberg and...
Despite a spate of injuries that could leave the Detroit Red Wings down a couple of key forwards when the season opens, veteran Mike Knuble could not claim a roster spot. Instead, Knuble will head to the AHL.
Knuble will sign PTO with Grand Rapids, trying to catch onto NHL team.
— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) January 18, 2013
A “PTO”, as mentioned by MLive’s Ansar Khan there...
Some bad news for the Detroit Red Wings on opening night: forward Todd Bertuzzi, who was thought to have the flu, will instead miss “several weeks” with mono, Mike Babcock told reporters on Saturday.
Considering the shortened schedule and a typical recovery time from mono, Bertuzzi may not make his 2013 debut until the final stretch of the regular season in late March or early...
According to the Detroit News, 28-year-old Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves has been cleared to return to the ice after missing the past year.
Eaves, who hasn’t played since November of 2011 due to a broken jaw and concussion when a shot hit him in the face should be on the Wings’ roster Saturday night when they travel to St. Louis to take on the Blues.
The Wings however will...
As an FYI, from the Detroit Red Wings' PR department:
Wings ramp up efforts to 'thank' fans; Giveaways and prizes await fans at Joe Louis Arena this season
DETROIT – The Red Wings are back! And as a way to say ‘Thanks for Sticking with Us’ the Original Six franchise plans to celebrate the extraordinary passion and support of their loyal fans.
Oh joy, here the groins come again. The Red Wings will start the season without Jakub Kindl (groin), Darren Helm (back) and most certainly Joey MacDonald (back), and Mikael Samuelsson has just recovered from a groin injury. As it turns out, groin injuries are apparently contagious, though Todd Bertuzzi apparently only skipped the latter half Jam the Joe practice with a sore groin...
I think the Griffins are just showing off now! After posting a wonderful video chronicling Landon Ferraro's participation in the Red vs. White game, the Grand Rapids Griffins take us aboard Red Bird III:
Update: While we're at videos chronicling the next generation of Red Wings, Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji and Art Regner interviewed director...
The Detroit Red Wings, fresh off an offseason which saw the team lose two steady defenders in Nicklas Lidstrom and Brad Stuart, might have identified the blue line as their biggest area of need for an upgrade quickly this season.
In recent months, flashy back end names such as Keith Yandle, Jay Bouwmeester and Zach Bogosian have come up in rumors. Each one of those defenders, however...
Prior to the past couple seasons, the Detroit Red Wings have heard every possible explanation for why their long-running playoff streak could finally end.
Adding another year to an aging core and subtracting one of the greatest defensemen in NHL history heading into a lockout-shortened sprint of a season make this one no exception.
Detroit begins its quest for a 22nd straight playoff...
As training camp resumes today with morning and evening skates at Joe Louis Arena, with the 10:30 AM skate being streamed on Fox Sports Detroit's website and the 7 PM skate being promoted as a "Jam the Joe" event, with $1 concessions and an open-to-the-public skate on JLA's ice (Bring your own skates) from 8-10 PM, before the Wings wrap training camp up with another...
Editors Note: This is a series that will run throughout the Red Wings season as Andrew attempts the treacherous journey of teaching his significant other about hockey, the NHL, the Detroit Red Wings and why the shootout is stupid. Check back regularly for updates on the process and anecdotes about how no matter what happens, Patrick Roy was never as good as Chris Osgood.
In this weeks episode of Crashing the Net with Aaron Eggemeyer, the hockey guru himself breaks down each division heading into the shortened regular season while spending some time discussion a Red Wings team entering a new era under the captaincy of Henrik Zetterberg. Here’s what was on tap the other night: Division by division [...]
from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,
Who will make the playoffs? Who will be the last team standing in late June? But there will be other underlying interesting matters to follow.
Can the Detroit Red Wings continue their consecutive season playoff streak without Nicklas Lidstrom?
It's at 21 and counting. The Montreal Canadiens had made the playoffs 24 straight times entering...