NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.
Predictions of the Red Wings' remarkable run of postseason appearances finally coming to an end is starting to become a rite of spring. After all, there is no shortage of reasons prognosticators love to point to: Nicklas Lidstrom's on-ice presence is gone; the Wings, now four years removed from their last conference final appearance, are in general decline; and of course the always popular "the roster is getting too old."
Despite these arguments, Detroit doesn't appear ready to take May off just yet. If there is a potential Achilles heel to point to, however, it might be Detroit's defensemen. Aside from the likely top pair of Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson, the group doesn't quite have the depth Wings fans are used to.
This is where defenseman Danny DeKeyser comes in.