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Detroit Red Wings’ surprising success this season


The Detroit Red Wings, once a dominant force in the NHL, have experienced their fair share of ups and downs. However, the 2023-24 season differs in how they have played. It has brought unexpected joy to fans and players alike. However, success like this doesn’t just appear overnight.

Underdog Narrative

The Red Wings entered this season with modest expectations. After all, they finished the previous campaign with a record of 32-40-10. But sometimes, it’s the underdog spirit that fuels greatness. Coach Derek Lalonde instilled a work ethic reminiscent of the franchise’s glory days. The players embraced the challenge.

The Versatile Forwards

Joe Veleno: At just 24 years old, Veleno epitomizes versatility. He’s primarily a center but seamlessly transitions to the wing when needed. His presence on the second power-play unit adds depth and unpredictability. Versatile young forwards are a major point of discussion in the Red Wings; however, Veleno could become an answer to that question. He entered the season on a “prove it” contract, and I think he has done well with that.

Michael Rasmussen: The recent four-year, $12.8 million contract extension speaks volumes about Rasmussen’s importance to the team. His physicality and net-front presence make him a key asset to the powerplay and offensive attack. Honestly, I would expect him to be a cornerstone for years to come.

Alex DeBrincat: DeBrincat has been a huge part of the team this year, scoring 23 goals and 53 points. He has been a force on the boards and almost always a threat on the attack. Going forward into the playoffs, DeBrincat has to be a major player in the Wings’ play calls.


The analytics community scratches its collective head. How does a team with a top-10 penalty kill, a top-10 power play, and the best penalty differential in the league defy expectations? Some chalk it up to luck, but perhaps there’s more at play.

Alex Lyon, the goaltender acquired from the Panther, has been a revelation. His acrobatics between the pipes have stolen games, while his save percentage and calm demeanor under pressure is absolutely crucial.

The Fan Factor

Little Caesars Arena buzzes with renewed energy. Fans, starved for success in the recent decades, rally behind their team. The sea of red jerseys roars with each goal, creating an electric atmosphere again in Hockeytown.

The Red Wings find themselves in a playoff position as the regular season winds down. Can they sustain this momentum? The road ahead is treacherous, but hope abounds.

The young guns—Veleno, Rasmussen, and DeBrincat—must continue their upward trajectory. Veterans like Dylan Larkin and Patrick Kane also must continue to produce in every game played to ensure a playoff berth.  

The Detroit Red Wings’ success isn’t a fluke; it’s a testament to resilience, adaptability, and a hunger for redemption. Whether or not they hoist the Stanley Cup this season, they’ve already won hearts in the City of Detroit. Hockeytown is a special place, and the Red Wings are on their way back to the glory days of hockey in Detroit. However, play can’t be inconsistent in the NHL, consistency is key. Hot streaks and cold streaks are inevitable, it’s how they overcome them.

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Jackson Traughber
Jackson is a junior entering his second year on the FHC Sports Report staff. He loves to watch any type of sport, especially football and baseball. He makes sure to attend any school events and sports that he can. He also loves to write about a variety of different subjects especially sports. He would love to one day be in immersed in the world of sports journalism. Favorite food: Tacos Hobby: He loves to golf whenever he can Favorite sport: Baseball Dream vacation: Greece

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