Red Wings on Run Since Olympics, Stanley Cup Hopes Back in Hockeytown

April 2nd, 2010 by Kyle Holland Leave a reply »
After the end of the first half of this season, most people questioned whether Detroit would falter from the 10th and ninth seeds and run themselves out of the playoff picture.

All those people had reasons to think that. The team wasn't scoring, Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstorm were having horrible seasons, they had questionable goaltending, the team's age, the fact they have no young superstars, and all the injuries. 

Well, since the second half began, Detroit has been one of the better teams in the NHL, and one of the best since the Olympic break.

The Wings have gone 14-2-1 since the Olympic break. Many thought the Olympics would further hurt the Wings going down the stretch, but early losses to team Sweden and Russia allowed the core of Zetterberg, Kronwall, Lidstrom, Franzen, and Datsyuk to get about five days of rest before returning back to the Wings.

Since the new year, Lidstorm has been one of the elite defensemen again, scoring 25 points in his past 35 games. He was on pace before the new year to only score 35 points and have his worst offensive year, now he's on pace to score over 50 points. He also ranks 10th in minu ...

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