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Rival territory: Winging It In Motown
The Canucks are finding their way again. After a short stumble to finish the homestand and hit the road, Vancouver has 2 straight wins earned in Dallas and Nashville. Now, they arrive in a city with a team that is in the autumn years of its dynasty.
The Red Wings have been one of the most dominant teams in the NHL for a very very long time. They have made the playoffs every year since I was born! Seriously, remember that post I did about Jagr the other week? Detroit hasn't missed a single post-season since that spring of 1990! Anyways, during my lifetime, this team has won 4 Stanley Cups, as well as 6 President's Trophies and 14 division titles. In the last few years, I myself have hoped that the Canucks can be the next team to dominate the league in such a fashion.
Of course, for one team to take the throne, another must fall, and we have seen the start of this for Detroit. Over this past summer, the Red Wings have watched their long-time captain Nick Lidstrom hang up the skates for good. So far this shortened season, his absence has been gravely noticeable. Although the rest of the team is mostly still intact, they are sitting only 4th in their division right now, and 8th in the conference. They have been letting in an average of almost 3 goals per game, and not scoring enough to keep up with that. Could we be seeing their demise?
Winter is coming, Detroit. Coconuts go!