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With the NHL regular season right around the corner, 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 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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Terms of the deal were not immediately available.ARLINGTON, Texas -- DeMarco Murray strolled around left end for 14 yards on his first carry. There wasnt a St. Louis defender near him until the end of a much longer run a few plays later. The Rams almost looked like they didnt remember what the Dallas running back did to them in their last meeting. Murray rushed for 175 yards and a touchdown two years after setting a franchise record against St. Louis as a rookie, and Tony Romo threw for three scores in a 31-7 victory Sunday. The third-year back had 96 yards rushing to 18 for the entire the St. Louis offence at halftime. His 41-yard run two plays into the third quarter gave him his first 100-yard game in more than a year and set up a touchdown for a 24-0 lead. Murray probably could have threatened the 253 yards he set against the Rams in 2011, but he was soaking up cheers from the crowd when the huge video board at the Cowboys $1.2 billion showplace showed him relaxing on the sideline in the fourth quarter. "When you get a runner like that going, you can feed on him," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "He gets a little contagious for everybody. Everybody starts feeling it." Sam Bradford, Murrays old college teammate at Oklahoma, was only feeling pressure. The Cowboys (2-1) sacked him four times in the first half and had six in total after St. Louis (1-2) hadnt allowed a sack in four games dating to last season. It was the longest streak for the Rams since John Hadl was under centre for a division champion in 1973. DeMarcus Ware had two sacks and broke Harvey Martins 30-year-old franchise record of 114. Then-coach Bill Parcells and owner Jerry Jones used to have fun throwing around bets how many sacks 2005 first-round pick Ware would get. "I think of it every time I think of his number of sacks," Jones said. "I cant say that it is unexpected because of how hard he works, and his talent level, and his competitiveness." Romo, who had 210 yards passing, went 2 yards to Dez Bryant for the first Dallas score. He had a pair of 24-yarders in the seecond half to rookie tight end Gavin Escobar and Dwayne Harris.dddddddddddd When the Rams finally started getting defenders around Murray at the line of scrimmage, Romo found him on the outside for a pair of catches on a drive that ended with a 2-yard run by Murray for a 17-0 lead. Murray went around left end before extending the ball over the goal line right on the pylon, and there was no review. His last 100-yard game was the 2012 opener, and he was coming off a 25-yard performance in a loss at Kansas City. "I dont know that there was anything that stood out to me, other than it was just the same commitment and drive and work ethic hes shown all year in the off-season and the first two games," Romo said of Murray, who declined to talk to reporters. St. Louis avoided the shutout on Bradfords 4-yard pass to Austin Pettis on fourth down late in third quarter after an interception by rookie safety J.J. Wilcox was wiped out by a roughing-the-passer penalty against Jason Hatcher. Bradford, who finished 29 of 48 for 240 yards, was hit eight more times in addition to the sacks. The Rams didnt get a first down until the second quarter. "In the first half, we just never got anything going, played behind the chains all day," Bradford said. "Just a very poor performance on our part today." The Rams had a chance to stay in the game on the drive after their lone score, but Bradford threw behind Chris Givens on fourth down. 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