Saturday, October 29, 2016

Three Reasons Why the Red Wings Will Make Their 26th Straight Playoff Appearance

            The NHL season is underway and one of the things that many pundits are saying is that this is the year the Detroit Red Wings miss the postseason. The reasons include an aging core and a terrible blue line that includes *shudder* Jonathan Ericsson. However, they are off to a 6-2-0 start that's mainly due to a six-game winning streak. Here's three reasons why the Wings will be in the postseason again and why you shouldn't believe the critics.

  1. Their Goaltending Tandem: While their defensive play is lackluster, the Wings make up for it with stellar goaltending from both Petr Mrazek and Jimmy Howard. Mrazek (.924 save %, 2.48 GAA) is a solid young goalie while Howard (2-0-0, 0.50 GAA, .984 save %) has been a reliable backup so far. If the goaltending tandem can hold strong, the Red Wings will send the Joe off with spring hockey.
  2. Dylan Fuckin' Larkin: Have you seen how fast this guy can go? Not only is he a tremendous goal scorer, but he can fly around the rink. Watch him shatter records at last year's All-Star Game.
  3. They're the Red Wings: If there's one thing the Wings have always done well, it's develop players into contributing roles and passing the torch from one generation of hockey to the next. They have done this through making the right draft picks and picking up the right guys in free agency. Besides, the Bruins will probably choke in March again, right? The Wings should be fine.

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