Why the Detroit Red Wings Will Return To Excellence in 2010-2011

August 12th, 2010 by Kyle Holland Leave a reply »

Last summer, sports writers, hockey fans, and especially Detroit fans were skeptical about how the 2009-2010 season would unfold for the Red Wings.

Why not? Chris Osgood just came off a horrid 2008-2009 season; however, he performed admirably for them in playoffs, losing in Game Seven. Still, there were doubts on him performing such in the season.

As well, many thought players like Pavel Datsyuk would have a down season after struggling in the playoffs and Henrik Zetterberg wouldn't be as such a force being 30 years old.

Nicklas Lidstrom was going to be 40 at season's end and generally the team got older and had no injection of youthful blood.

We saw players who were vital to the 2008-2009 success such as Marian Hossa, Jiri Hudler, Mikael Samuelsson, and 1A goalie Ty Conklin all leave.

The season didn't start out too well at all, losing back-to-back games in Sweden to St. Louis, which was then followed by a long list of injuries to key players such as Johan Franzen, Zetterberg, Dan Cleary, Valterri Filppula, Niklas Kronwall, Jason Williams, and Kirk Maltby.

The entire season was a struggle and a wh ...

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