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2013-2014 Season Preview

30 in 15: DeKeyser could be key player for Red Wings

Monday, 09.23.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2013-2014 Season Preview

David Kalan - NHL.com Staff Writer

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.

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30 in 15: Wings' Howard puts last season behind him

Monday, 09.23.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2013-2014 Season Preview

David Kalan - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

Considering how long and grinding an NHL season can be, it's jarring when it ends in an instant.

The Detroit Red Wings know this well, after Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook scored in overtime of Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals to end the Red Wings' season. It was a particularly bitter sting considering the Wings had the Presidents' Trophy winners on the ropes after taking a 3-1 series lead.

Some players might replay the final goal in their head all summer wondering what could have been after such a rough postseason exit, but Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard is not among them.

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30 in 15: Red Wings have new talent to acclimate

Monday, 09.23.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2013-2014 Season Preview

David Kalan - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

Last season, the Detroit Red Wings teetered on the edge of the Western Conference's top eight for much of the season. As whispers spread that Detroit's remarkable run of 21 consecutive postseason appearances was in its final throes, the Red Wings managed to pull themselves together and squeak into the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the seventh seed. Then Detroit pulled off a stunning first-round upset of the second-seeded Anaheim Ducks and pushed the Presidents' Trophy-winning and eventual Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks to the brink of elimination.

Indeed, reports of the Detroit Red Wings' demise may have been premature, and after reloading up front they appear to be not so much rebuilding but retooled for what could be a deep postseason run.

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30 in 15: Red Wings primed for a deep playoff run

Monday, 09.23.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2013-2014 Season Preview

David Kalan - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

Every April we get confirmation that there are three things you can always count on: death, taxes and the Detroit Red Wings making the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Detroit made its 22nd consecutive appearance in the postseason in 2012-13, and while that streak was in doubt much of last season there seems little reason to worry about No. 23. With a deep group of forwards that is among the League's best, a mix of veterans and maturing youth on defense, one of the top goalies in the NHL and a minor league pipeline flush with talent, the Red Wings are poised not just to return to the playoffs, but to make a deep run once they're there.

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30 in 15: Jets target first playoff berth in Winnipeg

Monday, 09.23.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2013-2014 Season Preview

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

The Winnipeg Jets' first two seasons in Manitoba following their move from Atlanta in May 2011 have gone almost perfectly. Fans have packed MTS Centre for every home game, turning the NHL's smallest venue into one of the toughest road stops in the League. Team sweaters and merchandise are de rigueur around town, and Jets 2.0 has enjoyed a level of support the original Jets (now the Phoenix Coyotes) would have envied.

"It's a unique city in terms of how they follow the hockey team, the passion they have for the game," captain Andrew Ladd told NHL.com. "It's a small arena but it's packed every night, and throughout the town there's a buzz about the team. It's something everyone can get excited about. As players you appreciate the support you get when you go around the town, and especially when you step on the ice and the crowd's going crazy."

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30 in 15: Jets seeking right fit for Scheifele

Monday, 09.23.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2013-2014 Season Preview

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

NHL.com continues its preview of the 201314 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

There's no question the Winnipeg Jets would like 2011 first-round draft pick Mark Scheifele to make the team this season. They're spending the preseason trying to figure out where he fits in.

Scheifele, the seventh player taken two years ago, got a seven-game taste of the NHL as an 18-year-old and a four-game cameo last season. With the Jets desperate for secondary scoring, the 20-year-old center has been getting plenty of work during the preseason in an effort to find the job that's best suited for him.

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30 in 15: Jets focus on second-line scoring, defense

Monday, 09.23.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2013-2014 Season Preview

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

Most of the cast that came up short of a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is back for the Winnipeg Jets this season. But the playoff berth the Jets will be chasing will be in the Western Conference rather than the Eastern.

Realignment has moved the Jets into the Central Division, which is headed by the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd said the switch will make for an interesting challenge.

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30 in 15: Jets have to-do list to end drought

Monday, 09.23.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2013-2014 Season Preview

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets know what they have to do to end a six-season playoff drought, but the list is a lengthy one.

The Jets have declared reaching the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007 to be a top goal this season.

Reaching the postseason has proven difficult and eluded coach Claude Noel's club, though the issues long predate the team's 2011 arrival in Winnipeg.

As for how to execute that objective, Noel addressed the media on the eve of training camp this month and declared that improving his club's goal-differential would rank as a major priority this season. While Noel has had two seasons with his team and always stressed defensive play, the Jets' goal-differential actually slipped last season.

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Young trio fights for two spots on Bruins defense

Sunday, 09.22.2013 / 9:00 AM / 2013-2014 Season Preview

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON – His name has become synonymous around the NHL with a meteoric rise on the sport's largest stage.

Not only did Torey Krug jump into the Boston Bruins' lineup last spring with just three prior games of NHL experience on his resume and score four goals in his first five Stanley Cup Playoffs contests. He did it on Broadway, where so many dreams of stardom are realized or crushed.

After helping the Bruins defeat the New York Rangers in five games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Krug was a regular among the Bruins’ defense corps. In the next two rounds, Krug and the Bruins swept the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final before being eliminated in six games by the Chicago Blackhawks in one of the most exciting Stanley Cup Final series in recent NHL history.

If the 5-foot-9, 180-pound defenseman went unrecognized around Boston or back in his home state of Michigan before last summer, those days ended with the offensive outburst that gave every undersized, undrafted player renewed hope of making the big time.

Krug welcomes his newfound notoriety.

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30 in 15: Blue Jackets need Bobrovsky, Gaborik

Sunday, 09.22.2013 / 3:00 AM / 2013-2014 Season Preview

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

The Columbus Blue Jackets' fast finish last season wasn't quite enough to make up for their poor start, leaving them still with only one appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since entering the NHL in 2000.

The Blue Jackets' near-miss and the team's move to the new Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference have fans in Columbus buzzing. But with all the anticipation comes increased expectations -- merely getting close to the playoffs won't be good enough.

General manager Jarmo Kekalainen and coach Todd Richards hope the improvement shown in the second half of last season is real, and that the addition of power forward Nathan Horton and 2012 first-round pick Ryan Murray will help put the Blue Jackets into the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

Here are three items to keep an eye on as Blue Jackets training camp progresses.

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It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday