The Fansided NHL Network, that SenShot is proud to be a member of, is embarking on its NHL preview. Each day in September, one of its members will be posting a preview for their club. SenShot will look at their preview, and let you have a look. After that, we will provide our own perspective. Jared will handle the Western Conference teams while Tony will look at the East.
Today, we’ll preview the Detroit Red Wings.
Here’s what Octopus Thrower‘s lead writer, Monica McAlister had to say:
They say your last line of defense is your goaltender.
So I guess it should come as no surprise that the Red Wings are building from the backend out…
Earlier this summer long time Red Wings net minder Chris Osgood made his retirement from the NHL official. After injury set backs and a young Jimmy Howard pushing and keeping that number one spot in the Red Wings crease it was time. Osgood may not be throwing on his number 30 but he is still taking to the ice as an assistant goaltending coach. Osgood will be working with the goaltenders in the Red Wings farm system in Grand Rapids with the Griffins (AHL) and in Toledo with the Walleye (ECHL).
Not only will Thomas McCollum, Jordan Pearce, and Petr Mrazek (drafted 141st overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft) benefit from working with one of (if not the) most think skinned goaltenders of all time; but so will Jimmy Howard and Ty Conklin. Howard has worked side by side and has been mentored by Osgood for the last two seasons; Conklin spend one year in Detroit with Osgood before he spent the last two seasons with central division foe the St. Louis Blues.
You can read the rest of Monica’s Wings preview HERE
You can follow Monica on Twitter here for all your Wing’s news and info.
Here’s SenShot’s take on the upcoming Wing’s season:
This is a club that has had it so good for so long that you would almost forgive a season of complacency. However, with Mike Babcock behind the bench you know that isn’t going to happen. The departure of Rafalski and to a lesser extent Osgood removes some skill and leadership, but there is still enough in that room to make up for their loss.
This club remained remarkably static over the off-season, only bringing in Mike Commodore, Ian White and Ty Conklin. They still have to be considered favorites to win the division and will compete for a conference championship. Come playoff time, all bets are off as there are no guarantees in the Wild West. Whatever happens, you know Detroit will give you its best effort, because that is what Mike Babcock demands.
Check back here tomorrow when we preview the Edmonton Oilers and their upcoming season.
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