October 01, 2014

DETROIT RED WINGS

LAST SEASON: 39-28-15, 93 points. Lost in first round of playoffs.

COACH: Mike Babcock, 10th season with Red Wings, 415-198-91; 12th overall in NHL.

ADDED: C Andy Miele, C Kevin Porter.

LOST: RW Mikael Samuelsson, C Cory Emmerton, C David Legwand, RW Todd Bertuzzi.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Gustav Nyquist. The 25-year-old Swede is coming off a breakout season in which he scored a team-high 28 goals in only 57 games. If the Red Wings are going to return to the NHL's elite, they're going to need younger players like Nyquist to grow into significant roles alongside aging stars like Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.

OUTLOOK: If injuries mount like last season, the Red Wings may have to fight down the stretch to extend their streak of 23 straight playoff appearances. Datsyuk is expected to miss the start of the regular season with a separated shoulder.

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