People are quick to forget that certain teams owned us in the 90s and solving those teams led to the cup. Remember Colorado in 1995-1997 when they beat us in the playoffs and the regular season? It took the final regular season game in 1997 and a tough playoff series to eliminate the Avs. No team sits on top forever. The Wings will solve the Sharks, and I dare to say that will happen this year. As for that killer instinct, you won't see much of that during the regular season from any team.
You are right, defense is key, but in previous years the lack of offense is what killed Detroit in the playoffs.
The Wings are in the top tier but they just don't seem that threatening, even when they are winning. You never hear teams or commentators talk about how dangerous the Wings are anymore, or how amazing their game is. We've slipped into the upper end of average it seems like, even though we'll have another 100+ point season. Good enough for the regular season but we need some sort of killer instinct to go far in the playoffs.
Basically, we need to prepare to face San Jose and Boston in the playoffs. I feel like we can handle any other team but facing San Jose is basically a certainty if we can get out of the first round.
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