Hockey Correspondent, White Cover Magazine
If you’re horny for hockey highlights, get ready to tie that belt around your neck.
The Detroit Red Wings have been pegged by many as a bubble playoff team — a 6-0 blowout loss to St. Louis on Saturday and a close win against Columbus night may have proven that — but they still have an absurd amount of talent in their roster.
They already have Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, both of whom combined for the tying goal tonight.
They also have Damien Brunner. He’s a rookie. He’s getting a shot at the big leagues.
And, he can dangle.
Still, NHL folks are questioning the Wings in 2013. They don’t seem elite for the first time since Yzerman was but a glint in the eye of Ted Lindsay, and even those within the ranks are doubting this year’s Motor City version.
“With machine-like precision, the Detroit Red Wings have cranked out not only playoff-caliber clubs, but Stanley Cup-championship contenders the past two decades,” writes Ansar Khan of Michigan LIVE.
“This year, the Red Wings aren’t being talked about in such lofty terms as they are set to open the season Saturday night in St. Louis. For the first time in recent memory, their playoff streak – 21 seasons, the longest active run in the four major sports – appears in jeopardy.
“That’s what happens when you lose one of the greatest players of all-time, retired seven-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, and aren’t able to acquire an impact player in the off-season.”