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This week in a Detroit Red Wings season that actually happened: Welcome to the elite

The dark and souless eyes of Darren Veitch

The dark and souless eyes of Darren Veitch

I’ve been hard on the Red Wings. I’ve called for the blockbuster trades, the elimination of their goalies from hockey and I’m pretty sure I may have taken more than one personal attack at Doug Houda. But this week, there will be no complaining.

While the goalies are still suspect, there’s really nothing to complain about. Six days ago the Red Wings beat the Blackhawks (who are currently in the midst of a seven-game losing streak) 12-0. And it wasn’t even that close. In the Red Wings’ last six games they are 4-1-1. They’re on top of their division, no matter how weak it is. Brent Ashton has provided some secondary scoring. Somebody named Murray Eaves not only played a game, but recorded a point.

Doug Halward and Darren Veitch both contributed multiple points and — get this — provided some goals from the blue line.  Hell, Doug Houda even chipped in a goal. Everything I said the Red Wings needed to fix, they fixed.

Can they win the Cup? At this point, I would say no, but as teams within their own division falter (Minnesota, St. Louis, Chicago) the Red Wings have stealthily moved up a tier.

They’re at the bottom of the group, but 26 games into the season, I feel comfortable in saying if things go right, Detroit has a chance to beat Calgary or Edmonton (36 points each) should the teams face off in the conference final.

In the other conference, Montreal and Boston still remain in a group with themselves, but the Islanders and Devils are two very beatable teams for Detroit.

We all knew the playoff streak wasn’t going to end. The NHL puts too many teams in the playoffs for that to happen. But there is a reason you’re feeling that relief as we head into the new year and it’s not the fact that it’s getting really cold again so you can gain weight while wearing really baggy clothes and no one will judge you because you know that’s what they do in the summer time, especially that girl who gives you your morning coffee. It’s not that at all.

It’s that despite all the changes, the Red Wings haven’t dropped a rung and become one of the many good but not great teams. They’re still elite. There’s still hope. Let Murray Eaves show you the way.

DETROIT POINT LEADERS

Steve Yzerman, C: 39

Gerard Gallant, LW: 26

Bob Probert, LW: 26

Petr Klima, RW/LW: 18

Darren Veitch, D: 18

DETROIT GOAL LEADERS

Steve Yzerman, C: 19

Petr Klima, RW/LW: 14

Bob Probert, LW: 11

Brent Ashton, LW: 11

Gerard Gallant, LW: 10

DETROIT ASSIST LEADERS

Steve Yzerman, C: 20

Gerard Gallant, LW: 16

Darren Veitch, D: 16

Adam Oates, C: 15

Doug Halward, D: 12

GOALTENDING STATS

Goalie Record SA SV SV%
Greg Stefan (9-4-3) 469 419 0.893
Glen Hanlon (4-6-0) 322 292 0.907
Darren Eliot (0-0-0) 19 17 0.895

STANDINGS

Campbell Conference
Norris Division GP PTS Smythe Division GP PTS
Red Wings 26 29 Flames 29 36
North Stars 29 26 Oilers 29 36
Blackhawks 28 22 Jets 26 25
Maple Leafs 27 24 Canucks 28 23
Blues 27 23 Kings 30 18
Prince of Wales
Adams Division GP PTS Patrick Division GP PTS
Canadiens 32 43 Islanders 26 35
Bruins 31 38 Devils 28 34
Sabres 28 26 Penguins 27 27
Nordiques 26 23 Capitals 28 26
Whalers 27 26 Flyers 28 26
Rangers 28 22

FULL RED WINGS STATS

Forwards GP Goals Assists PTS
Ashton, Brent LW 26 11 6 17
Barr, Dave RW 9 0 5 5
Bridgman, Mel C 19 3 6 9
Burr, Shawn LW/C 26 7 6 13
Chabot, John C 26 4 7 11
Eaves, Murray C 1 0 1 1
Gallant, Gerard LW 25 10 16 26
Graves, Adam LW 8 0 0 0
Higgins, Tim RW 17 3 5 8
Klima, Petr RW/LW 26 14 4 18
Kocur, Joe RW 18 2 2 4
Kumpel, Mark RW 8 0 2 2
Martinson, Steve LW 6 1 1 2
Murphy, Joe RW 22 5 5 10
Oates, Adam C 22 1 10 11
Probert, Bob LW 26 11 15 26
Yzerman, Steve C 26 19 20 39
Defense GP Goals Assists Points
Chiasson, Steve D 6 0 2 2
Delorme, Gilbert D 8 1 1 2
Halward, Doug D 26 1 12 13
Houda, Doug D 5 1 0 1
Lewis, Dave D 6 0 0 0
Norwood, Lee D 13 2 0 2
O’Connell, Mike D 20 1 6 7
Sharples, Jeff D 15 1 7 8
Veitch, Darren D 23 2 16 18
Zombo, Rick D 20 0 1 1
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