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03-13-2013, 02:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Meteor View Post
2008 Wings narrowly over Ducks, Hawks, and Devils.

Zetterberg, Datsyuk, and Lidström all in their prime. 2nd best LW, 2nd best C, and best D in the league.
Lots of secondary scoring: Franzen, Holmstrom, Filppula, Cleary, Samuelsson, Hudler
Competent goaltending from Osgood, with Hasek also on the team.
Babcock as coach.

Those Wings were not only winning games but dominating teams. Their puck possession style meant they'd just get chance after chance after chance against you, and it would take a great defensive and goaltending performance to beat that team. The Penguins had won 7 games in a row to start the playoffs, finished 12-2 against the East. Then they ran into the Wings, and got their butts handed to them 3-0, 4-0 to start the series.

Even when the Wings lost, they usually kept it close ...

Multiple-goal losses, regular season and playoffs
7 - 08 Wings
12 - 07 Ducks
13 - 03 Devils
14 - 10 Hawks

This is what sets the Wings above the other great teams of the era, IMO. They never took a night off. You could beat them, but they weren't going down without a fight.
03 Devils had:
A top 3 Goalie of all time in his prime - Brodeur
3 of the top 10 defensemen in the NHL - Stevens, Rafalski and Niedermeyer
One of the top 5 wingers in the NHL - Elias
One of the best defensive centers of all time - Madden

They had a ridiculous 7 shutouts in the playoffs

I'll take the 03 Devils

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