Detroit Red Wings: Where Does 2012 Squad Rank with Franchise’s Greatest

March 6th, 2012 by Rob Kirk Leave a reply »
In today's world of instant gratification and limitless media resources, we often consider what we see most recently as what could be the "Greatest of All Time.'' While our memory often fails us, we can thank YouTube and the other endless media outlets for reminding us that Eddie Shore was more than just a guy mentioned repeatedly in the movie Slap Shot.

This year's Detroit Red Wings already have touched hockey greatness with their home win streak of 23 games and appear poised to make a legitimate run at immortality with a strong challenge to the Stanley Cup. After bowing out the past two years to the San Jose Sharks, this year's edition needs to go deeper into the playoffs to draw any comparisons to some of the legendary teams who have donned the winged wheel.

Since I'm sure the bulk of the reading audience is under the age of 107, I'll limit this list to teams post-1982. The 1966-to-1982 period is widely known as the "Dead Wings Era", as those teams were particularly dreadful. So let's integrate this year's Red Wings into a list of the best Red Wing teams in the past 30 years.

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