Nicklas Lidstrom and Ken Holland Think Mix of Age and Youth Key for Red Wings

April 4th, 2011 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
On Monday, Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland and his team's captain, Nicklas Lidstrom, spoke with Bleacher Report a day after clinching their ninth Central Division title in 10 years just 24 hours after securing their 20th straight playoff appearance, the active record among all North American sports teams.

The Red Wings already have much to be proud of this season, but, as any fan knows, the regular season just doesn't mean much in Hockeytown.  It's all about the playoffs in Detroit, and more specifically, emerging as the last team standing.

Still, Ken Holland reflected that even at the start of the year, getting to the point the Red Wings are at now wasn't anything he took for granted.

"Obviously we felt that we were going to have a tremendous race in the conference and in the division with Chicago winning the Stanley Cup," Holland said.  "We knew they had lost some people, but certainly the core of their team is there, [they're a] tremendous team. Nashville is always good. And Columbus and St. Louis looked like they were primed to take another step. So we talked about the importance of getting off to a great start, ...

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