With the NHL regular season right around the corner, TSN.ca profiles each team leading up to puck drop. Next up are the Detroit Red Wings, who fought tooth and nail to make the playoffs last season and look to continue their lenghty run of post-season appearances. Catch up on their summer moves and the issues they face this season, as well as Craig Buttons analysis of their top prospect and an analytical breakdown by TSNs Scott Cullen. Division: Atlantic GM: Ken Holland Head Coach: Mike Babcock 2013-14: 39-28-15 (4th in Atlantic) Playoffs:Lost in First Round Goals For: 217 (16th) Goals Against: 221 (16th) PP: 17.7% (18th) PK: 83.0% (12th) That Was Then: Detroits first taste of the Eastern Conference last season produced a mixed bag of results and ended in a battle for playoff survival. The Red Wings were decimated by injuries to stars and supporting players alike. Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk both missed 37 games, Johan Franzen missed 28, Darren Helm sat out 40 and free agent signing Stephen Weiss played in only 26 before missing the rest of the season with groin issues. The Wings were in serious danger of having their streak of 22 consecutive playoff appearances end. But head coach Mike Babcock was still able to lead his remaining players to 93 points and the second wild card playoff berth in the East. Detroit was easily eliminated by the East-leading Bruins in the first round, as Boston held the Red Wings to just six goals and ousted them in five games. In the absence of its biggest stars, the club was led in regular season points by Daniel Alfredsson and Niklas Kronwall. Jimmy Howard played the majority of games in net and went 21-19-11 with a .910 save percentage and two shutouts. Scott Cullens Analytics Red Wings 2013-14 stats by Quarter Games GPG GAA SH% SV% SAF% PTS% 1-20 2.60 2.60 7.1% .922 50.5% .600 21-41 2.86 2.95 9.2% .908 52.8% .500 42-62 2.95 2.67 7.8% .934 50.8% .571 63-82 3.00 3.00 9.6% .916 52.4% .600 NHL AVG 2.67 2.67 7.8% .922 50.0% .562 Key: GPG= goals per game, GAA= goals-against per game, SH%= even-strength shooting percentage, SV%= even-strength save percentage, SAF%= score-adjusted Fenwick percentage (differential of shot attempts faced vs. shot attempts, excluding blocked shots, adjusted for game score), PTS%= percentage of available points. Analysis: Games 1-20: A very mediocre start to the season, but three OT and three shootout losses helped in the standings. Games 21-41: Even as possession and shooting improved, goaltending dip left Wings at break-even. Games 42-62: Goaltending rebounded, keeping otherwise average Wings in the playoff hunt. Games 63-82: Scoring burst, led by Nyquist and Tatar, lifted the Wings into the postseason. Key 2014 Additions: C Kevin Porter Key 2014 Subtractions: RW Daniel Alfredsson, C David Legwand, RW Mikael Samuelsson, RW Jordin Tootoo This Is Now: General manager Ken Holland didnt do much shopping over the summer. But if he has a healthy group this time around, the Red Wings should be competitive. Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Weiss are all expected to be healthy to start the year. The next generation of Red Wings regulars are coming on strong, with Gustav Nyquist (28 goals, 20 assists last season) and Tomas Tatar (19 goals, 20 assists) up front and a blue line maturing with Danny DeKeyser and Brendan Smith. "You can have a wish list in the summer and a wish list in training camp, but really as a coach, whatever they give you, you get," Babcock told NHL.com over the summer. "If you start hoping and wishing for any more than that, thats just not realistic." That said, Babcock still knows where his allegiances lie with his veterans getting healthy and back into the lineup. "We used to say in training camp, and Id say it every year, The tie goes to the veteran," Babcock said. "Maybe the tie still goes to the veteran, but weve shown, and we did it last year, youre allowed to take guys jobs and the best players are going to play." Gone is Legwand, who signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Ottawa Senators. Alfredsson is also unrestricted and could return to the Red Wings if he overcomes the back issues that hampered him at the end of last season. DEPTH CHART Forwards Left Wing Centre Right Wing Darren Helm Pavel Datsyuk Johan Franzen Tomas Tatar Henrik Zetterberg Gustav Nyquist Justin Abdelkader Riley Sheahan Tomas Jurco Drew Miller Stephen Weiss Dan Cleary Joakim Andersson Luke Glendening Anthony Mantha Andreas Athanasiou Kevin Porter Teemu Pulkkinen Defence Left Right Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson Danny DeKeyser Kyle Quincey Brendan Smith Jakub Kindl Brian Lashoff Ryan Sproul Xavier Ouellet Alexey Marchenko Goaltenders Jimmy Howard Jonas Gustavsson Petr Mrazek TSN Director of Scouting Craig Buttons Top Prospect: Anthony Mantha adds elite scoring ability to the Wings and was given a good shot at doing it in the NHL this season before a fractured tibia sidelined him. Mantha can score in all manner of ways; from forty feet with a shot or from five feet around net with a deft touch in tight. He recognizes opportunity, moves to scoring position quickly and has a release that doesnt allow goaltenders to get themselves properly set. He is the type of scorer who needs just one opportunity to make good on it. Because of his scoring instincts he gets multiple opportunities over the course of the game and that is a boon to any team offense. Fantasy - Scott Cullens Player to Watch Tomas Tatar While the spotlight was brightest on Gustav Nyquist last season, Tatars development was also crucial to the Red Wings reaching the postseason. He was playing a little over 13 minutes per game for the first couple months of the season, but as injuries hit the Wings lineup, Tatar was handed more opportunities and he responded with 19 goals and 39 points in 73 games, giving him 47 points in 100 career NHL games. With more ice time, and perhaps the chance to play with highly-skilled veterans on the Wings roster, Tatar should continue to develop as an offensive contributor in Detroit. 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