Before the NHL season started, between analysts and fans- the Detroit Red Wings were the worst team in the league; there was no argument. Most within the fanbase were in agreement; the Red Wings were most likely one-to-two seasons away from being a competitor for a division title. Veteran leadership sprinkled in with a young and fast team; known to fans as the “YzerPlan.” Preseason power rankings saw the Red Wings as the lowest ranked team in the NHL.
As the first power rankings of the 2021 regular season come in, the Red Wings are trending upwards. With a 2-2 record following a split with both the Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets; the Red Wings find themselves out of the 31st position and up to 28th. “The Red Wings already look improved this season,” ESPN’s Emily Kaplan said.
Players like Bobby Ryan, who were brought in to help the change in culture have really stepped up, through the first four games. Having scored four goals through three games, with a plus-minus of +2 Ryan showing the veteran leadership that Yzerman sought in the offseason.
The Red Wings currently find themselves in a five-way-tie for first place in the Discover Central Division with four points. The point of emphasis being that they have played four games, whereas the four other teams tied, have played at least one-less game. Which reflects on the Red Wings slight increase in the power rankings.
Friday January 22nd will be the next time the Red Wings take the ice; as they play the winless Chicago Blackhawks, as the Red Wings go on-the-road for the first time this season.