In their second game back after the Olympic break, the Detroit Red Wings had a chance to make a statement against the Ottawa Senators. Detroit beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in their first game back Wednesday night.
Detroit currently sits in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference with 66 points. They have no room to breathe though, as they are tied with the Philadelphia Flyers in points and they’re only three points ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Senators for ninth and 10th place in the conference.
Detroit made sure there were no questions as to why they are ahead of Ottawa in the standings. Johan Franzen netted his sixth career hat trick for the Red Wings, and Niklas Kronwall had three assists as Detroit knocked off the Senators 6-1. Four of the six goals came in the first period for Detroit as well.
With this being the first year in the Eastern Conference, the Red Wings want to make sure they keep their playoff streak alive. Detroit has made the playoffs for 22 consecutive years. Right now they find themselves in a dogfight at the bottom of the conference but it’s a good position to be in.
Detroit is a franchise that every NHL team should model themselves after. They are consistently good and they win. They may not win a Stanley Cup every year but they are always putting themselves in a position to compete for one after the regular season is finished.
In the NHL, it doesn’t matter what position you find yourselves in for the playoffs. All that matters is that you make it and give yourself a chance to compete for Lord Stanley’s Cup. The Red Wings seem ready to do that again this year.