Fansided 30 in 30: Detroit Red Wings/ L.A. Kings

As we creep closer and closer to the inevitable Vancouver Canucks preview, it’s imperative that we continue to see how the rest of the League is shaping up.  The Detroit Red Wings, and their secret formula for success has attempted to be imitated, but never duplicated.  But that doesn’t mean that the Vancouver Canucks won’t stop trying…  After making it as far as you can without actually winning Lord Stanley’s Cup, they’re certainly hungry enough.

Monica McAlister from Octopus Thrower brings her special blend of experience to the table in her season preview for the Winged Wheels.  Having also covered the Florida Panthers and the Washington Capitals, Monica continues to amaze with her depth of knowledge and insight into one of hockey’s most prolific teams.

“They say your last line of defense is your goaltender.

So I guess it should come as no surprise that the Red Wings are building from the backend out…



Earlier this summer long time Red Wings net minder Chris Osgood made his retirement from the NHL official. After injury set backs and a young Jimmy Howard pushing and keeping that number one spot in the Red Wings crease it was time. Osgood may not be throwing on his number 30 but he is still taking to the ice as an assistant goaltending coach. Osgood will be working with the goaltenders in the Red Wings farm system in Grand Rapids with the Griffins (AHL) and in Toledo with the Walleye (ECHL).”

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The Los Angeles Kings have a lot of reasons to be optimistic for the upcoming season, as Gavin Humes from Rink Royalty fleshes out.  It is widely shared that the Kings were one of the NHL teams that most improved it’s dynamic and core throughout the offseason.  To find out why, check out Gavin’s post:

“The Los Angeles Kings head into this coming season with high expectations. In fact, this season is the first in quite a while where the Kings and their fans are perfectly justified in their optimism. Last season’s strong performances were derailed in the playoffs when they encountered a San  Jose Sharks team looking to shed their “choker” label, and without their star forward, Anze Kopitar, lost to a brutal injury near the end of the season. Despite the loss, and the fact that the Kings ran into a strong San Jose team, they performed quite well, and converting on an important power play near the end of Game 6 might have turned the entire series on its head.

This season is a whole new story. What do we have to look forward to in Los Angeles? Let’s consider what 2011-2012 has in store for the Kings:”

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