A Little Bit About Me and the 2010-11 Red Wings Thus Far

First of all, my name is obviously Alicia and I have been blogging about hockey on various sites for over two years now. Most people that know me would refer to me as a Flyers fan and also as someone that enjoys watching European hockey players, specifically Finns. But what is also true about me is that I have a soft spot for the Detroit Red Wings. It would be an understatement to say that the Red Wings have a rich history in the NHL. The winged wheel is so well recognized in the hockey world and has been for decades, and the Wings always seem to be poised to have regular season and playoff success year after year. The Red Wings' organization is a very proud organization and rightfully so. The team is built around a tradition of winning, and the development of prospects is absolutely incredible. There is a reason Detroit is nicknamed "Hockey Town."

This season, the Red Wings have come in as a threat to finish high in the Western Conference and contend in the Stanley Cup Playoffs yet again. The Wings certainly look like they could live up to those expectations. They currently sit second in their division with 5 games in hand on the Blackhawks. They have consistently been ranked high on every website's power rankings so far in this young NHL season. But getting off to a good start is not the goal. The goal is to build off of a successful October and improve on that play in the months to come.

When you run down the names of the players on this Red Wings roster, you just know what they are capable of doing. The core of scorers is back with Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Franzen, and Holmstrom, the expectations are high for goaltender Jimmy Howard, and of course not only one of the best defensemen in the NHL, but one of the best captains, Nicklas Lidstrom, is back yet again to lead his team despite some rumors of possibly retiring. And of course the addition of future HHOF'er Mike Modano only improves the team even more.

This week, the Red Wings will have some interesting games. They will face the Flames, Oilers, and Canucks. It has been hard to get a read on all three of those teams so far. The Flames have been having a lot of defensive troubles in their past few games, but they are still an offensive threat. They have been working hard in practice to right the ship, and it was a close game the last time the two teams met.The Oilers are clearly a team in rebuilding mode. They are built around two young superstars in Eberle and Hall. They're last in the West, but you should never take games against teams that are lower in the conference for granted. You do not want to sit back when playing the Oilers. And the Canucks are expected to contend for the Stanley Cup this season and have been playing great hockey lately. The Canucks will be the biggest test for the Wings this week.

It should be a great week of Red Wings hockey, and I'll be here to recap it all for you.

8 Comments

George Prax's picture

Welcome aboard Alicia. Good read! looking forward to working with you and reading your stuff throughout the season!

On another note, I can't believe the Hawks have that many games played. Might explain their lead over some teams. The Wings are certainly going to catch up but it's going to be a dog fight in the central this season!

Alicia Sprenkle's picture

Thanks! I was shocked too. I was wondering why the Hawks were sitting atop the Central despite having a bit of a rocky start to the season. Things will even out soon and it will definitely be a dog fight. I'm looking forward to it.

Phil T's picture

And of course the addition of future HHOF'er Mike Modano only improves the team even more.

^^ He hasn't improved them much so far...

Alicia Sprenkle's picture

Modano hasn't gotten off to a good start by any means, and he's clearly not the player he once was, but he still makes a difference. He's one more player that can step it up and score when the team needs its depth to come through.

Mark Trible's picture

Looking forward to reading your stuff on the Wings, Alicia! Hopefully, they can overtake Chicago this year

George Prax's picture

Modano's having a slow start, that's it. Getting used to a new team, being back in his home town and away from the team he was with for so long... I think he'll definitely improve and contribute to the team.

Larry DAngelo's picture

Welcome Alicia ! I look forward to reading your posts , maybe a Flyers Detroit rematch this year .