Why the Detroit Red Wings Are Still the Team To Beat

July 28th, 2010 by Chris Minniti Leave a reply »
For the last 20 years, every NHL team dreaded the time in its season where it had to play against the Detroit Red Wings.

For the last 20 years, every playoff team dreaded the time when it had to endure a seven-game series against the Detroit Red Wings.

There have only been a few teams in the playoffs that can lift their heads and say that they were able to tame the Big Red Machine.

Between 2002 and 2009, the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup twice and were knocked out of the playoffs by teams that either won the Stanley Cup or reached the Finals:

2002: Detroit wins the Cup

2003: Mighty Ducks sweep Detroit in WCQF, lose in Finals

2004: Flames beat Detroit 4-2 in WCSF, lose in Finals

2005: Lockout

2006: Oilers beat Detroit 4-2 in WCQF, lose in Finals

2007: Ducks beat Detroit 4-3 in WCF, win Stanley Cup

2008: Detroit wins Stanley Cup

2009: Penguins beat Detroit 4-3 in Stanley Cup Finals

The road to the Stanley Cup goes through Detroit. And it's been proven.

Last year, everyone saw something they hadn't seen in Detroit in a very long t ...

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