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Detroit Red Wings Last Season Performance

Though they improved upon their record from the season prior, the 2022-23 season ultimately ended in disappointment once again as the Detroit Red Wings missed the postseason. Detroit finished 12th in the Eastern Conference with a 35-37-10 record.

The Red Wings were eliminated from playoff contention for the seventh straight season in early April after losing a shootout to division opponent Buffalo. The season was also the first under head coach Derek Lalonde.

Detroit Red Wings Offseason Changes

Key Additions

Detroit got busy in the offseason in hopes of improving this season, making notable additions with both forwards Daniel Sprong and Alex DeBrincat. Sprong signed a one-year deal and, despite averaging just 11.5 minutes on ice last season, he recorded 46 total points. DeBrincat should bring offense as well after Detroit traded for him, scoring over 60 points in each of his last two seasons.

The Red Wings also acquired forwards Klim Kostin, JT Compher and Christian Fischer, trading for Kostin and signing Compher to a five-year deal. Kostin brings a bigger size and some scoring as well after recording 11 goals last season while Compher adds veteran leadership as well as his 52 points from last season. Fischer signed a one-year deal after scoring 13 times last season.

Goalie Alex Lyon joins Detroit as well and should provide a backup role. Detroit also signed defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, who recorded 41 points as a defenseman last season. He’ll look to improve the power play as well.

Finally, the Red Wings also signed defenseman Justin Holl to a three-year contract and goalie James Reimer to a one-year deal as well.

Key Subtractions

The Red Wings also lost a few players in the offseason, letting forward Alex Chiasson, defenseman Robert Hagg and goalie Alex Nedeljkovic all go.

After playing in the AHL for a portion of last season, Chiasson worked his way up to the Red Wings, where he recorded nine points in 20 games. Hagg was a solid piece for Detroit’s depth, and despite only playing 38 games last season, he posted 111 hits.

Nedeljkovic, meanwhile, was a backup option for the Red Wings, going 5-7-2 and recording a .895 save percentage last season.

Detroit Red Wings Head Coach Analysis

The 2023-24 season will be Derek Lalonde’s second as Detroit’s head coach and his second overall as an NHL head coach.

Lalonde previously served as a head coach of the Iowa Wild from 2016 to 2018, where he posted a 69-58-17-8 record, before he was an assistant coach for Tampa Bay. Lalonde was on staff with the Lightning from 2018 to 2022, helping them to two straight Stanley Cup titles in 2020 and 2021 before he took over as head coach for Detroit in 2022.

Detroit Red Wings Prediction for the 2023-24 Season

Although the Detroit Red Wings have long missed out on the playoffs, the 2023-24 season could be the one they compete for a postseason spot after all the moves they made in the offseason.

Detroit brought in some much-needed scoring with DeBrincat and Sprong and the additions of a few other forwards. They should help improve the team’s offense to compete in more games. Gostisbehere should also be good for a few goals as well while providing solid defense, helping the Red Wings improve upon their wins from last season, as NHL odds predict.

The Atlantic Division remains a tough one to compete in with Tampa Bay, Boston and Stanley Cup runner-up Florida. But, with their offseason moves, the Red Wings could still be competing for a playoff spot late in the season despite the sportsbook saying otherwise.

Detroit Red Wings FAQs

What is the Legend of the Octopus?

It is a sports tradition during Red Wings’ home playoff games in which dead octopuses are thrown onto the ice rink. Starting in the 1952 playoffs, when an NHL team played two best-of-seven series to win the Stanley Cup, the octopus’ eight arms symbolized the eight wins necessary to win the Stanley Cup.

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How many years have the Red Wings missed the playoffs?

Detroit has missed the playoffs for seven consecutive seasons.

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Is Detroit an Original Six Team?

Yes, the Red Wings are one of the Original Six teams.

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How many Stanley Cups have the Red Wings won?

The Red Wings have won the most Stanley Cups of any US NHL team, winning 11 total, third to Montreal and Toronto.

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