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Are the Red Wings the West’s hottest team again?

Nov 12, 2011, 10:20 PM EDT

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After playing some great hockey in mainstream obscurity, the Dallas Stars went into Friday’s conference clash as the hottest team in the Western Conference. The Stars lost that game against the Pittsburgh Penguins and dropped another to Detroit tonight, which might crown the Red Wings as the hot team du jour in the West.

In the simplest terms possible, it seems almost undeniable; as of this writing, the Red Wings have won four games in a row while no other West team has a streak of more than two victories. They’ve also been beating the tar out of their opponents in the process. In the last four games, Detroit out-scored their opponents 18-4 and Jimmy Howard earned two shutouts.

A simple reason why the hot streak might go cold

My bet is that some columnist somewhere will critique the Red Wings’ collective age when looking at their interestingly hot-and-cold season. (Detroit won five in a row, lost six consecutive games and now they’re on their four-game streak.)

A mere look at their schedule should provide an adequate explanation – and maybe a glimpse of their immediate future. After playing six straight games at Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings will begin a four-game road trip on Tuesday that includes a game against the St. Louis Blues and then a trio of games against California teams.

With that schedule in mind, you shouldn’t be too be surprised to see a panicked column or two about the Red Wings in the next week or so.

  1. greatminnesotasportsmind - Nov 12, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    Apparently you forgot about the Wild who have won 5 of their last 6, including beating Detroit “the hottest team in the west” twice in that span.

    • James O'Brien - Nov 12, 2011 at 11:21 PM

      Solid point, but I did say in the simplest of terms. :-)

  2. kibbee2545 - Nov 12, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    Keep in mind that the wild 5 game win streak is something I would get excited about. When one talks of the Detroit Red Wings they have had more win streaks in the last 20 years and not only made the playoffs the last 20 years, have wound up in first many times and led the NHL in season points several times, and of course been in a few Stanley cups finals. Until the wild can that my respect goes to the wings

    • xxakshunxx - Nov 13, 2011 at 12:05 AM

      I don’t put much stock into how good or bad teams are doing until at least past Thanksgiving, but when has a teams record of the past 20 years meant anything during their current season? Detroit’s been a great team, but what they did in past seasons is just that, past seasons.

    • hawksfan147 - Nov 13, 2011 at 2:17 AM

      you wings fans jsut need to shut up honestly theirs a reason why its the past, you wings fans are worse than yankee fans, god no one care that the wings have done what they have done. their acheivements yes they are phenominal but we in the hockey community dont need to be constantly reminded of it, and come talk to us when you win as much as the habs. so please do use fans of other teams a favor and jsut shut up about the teams past and look at their achievement this year, ohh wait they wont have any cuz its going to the hawks this year

      • Chris - Nov 13, 2011 at 2:57 AM

        The only thing I hate more they a whiner in the comments is a hawks fan

        Wings are a dynasty and one of the greatest sports team of all time, get used to it

        Go Wings!

      • hawksfan147 - Nov 13, 2011 at 4:46 PM

        obvoiusely you miss the point im not saying wat the wings have done isnt remarkable cuz it is, im jsut saying that wings fans need to shut up about the past

      • cmutimmah - Nov 14, 2011 at 11:27 AM

        Only reason someone wants the wings to shut up about the past is because their team’s past doesn’t stack up.

        Look, until the Wings miss the playoffs, they still have the longest standing streak in major sports. If a Wings fan says something unfounded (Like Chris Osgood is the best goalie in the past 25 years/Steve Yzerman was the the best player the league ever saw/Darren McCarty could still play hockey in the NHL) then I’m OK with you letting loose, but Hawks Fan, don’t hate on the Wings fans. They are spoiled, but the bragging rights are theirs.

  3. comeonnowguys - Nov 13, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Crack a dictionary. One title in nine years does not a dynasty make.

  4. kibbee2545 - Nov 13, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    Sorry hawk fan stop crying about wings. Remember who they got as their advisor and helped the hawks, was Scotty bowman former coach of wings. Hawks may be there this year but not in finals. Thy will self destruct. Wait and see

    • comeonnowguys - Nov 14, 2011 at 10:04 AM

      Chicago isn’t Vancouver. If they don’t make it, it won’t because they’re a bunch of headcases.

  5. kibbee2545 - Nov 17, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    Chicago is not Vancouver that is for sure and they don’t match up to Vancouver either, and never will

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