Detroit Red Wings Headed East

What’s going to happen as the Detroit Red Wings make their transition to the Eastern Conference this season?

May 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (13) against the Chicago Blackhawks in game six of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

While they can definitely look forward to less travel which is a definite positive, they also have to accustom themselves to new opponents and different styles of play.

Speaking of the arduous travel requirements for west coast teams, Brendan Smith had this to say:

Some people think after you watch the game and turn off the TV (that) you’re done…Maybe we have an eight-hour trip home. There is a lot of wear and tear on the body.

I can imagine travel is a hassle, especially when you’re getting older as a team. Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen, Mikael Samuelsson, Henrik Zetterberg, Todd Bertuzzi and Niklas Kronwall form the nucleus of the Red Wing organization, and all of them are over 30 years old. Put Daniel Alfredsson in that group and you’re looking at a club whose window is closing on a serious run at the Stanley Cup.

In addition, a younger defense will put a lot of pressure on Jimmy Howard to stand on his head to make some spectacular saves during the season.

All in all, it’s going to be interesting to see how the Wings adapt their game to new teams, a new travel schedule, and an aging roster.

How do you think the Detroit Red Wings will fare this season? Please leave us a comment and let us know.

Topics: Detroit Red Wings, Jimmy Howard, NHL

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