February 28, 2013 at 2:32 am

Terry Foster

Red Wings' move to East would be a winner

Renewed rivalries and earlier games would be two benefits

West Coast Red Wings games could become a rarity under NHL realignment. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

With the talk of realignment picking up steam in the NHL and the likelihood the Red Wings will finally end up in the East, some fans are concerned the East is too rough and tumble and Detroit can't hold up physically.

Don't believe it.

Consider the Red Wings are 4-2 in the Stanley Cup Finals since 1997, including two 4-0 sweeps. In fact, since 1997, Western teams have nine of the 15 Stanley Cups.

Talent wins out. Period.

Here's the better issue for Red Wings fans should their team head to the East:

Most games, except for those against Chicago, Nashville and Dallas — and a few West Coast trips — will begin no later than 7:30 p.m.

And, moving to the East means rivalries will be renewed — Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Bruins and Rangers.

Now all that's left is waiting until the NHL makes the right move official.

Huge game for Titans

One of the more enthusiastic coaches around is Detroit women's coach Autumn Rademacher .

She's got fight, fire and passion, and it shows every day.

And tonight, fans can see Rademacher up close as Detroit hosts Green Bay at 7 p.m. at Calihan Hall.

This is the biggest game this season for Detroit, which got smacked around at Green Bay, losing 61-32.

Detroit is 14-10 overall (7-5 Horizon League) and owns a 15-game home-court winning streak. No. 21 Green Bay, however, enters at 22-2 (12-0) and on a 17-game winning streak.

"We have had success against them; we know they are not perfect," said Rademacher, whose team is the last in the league to defeat Green Bay. "They know they are not invincible.

"We know what we want to do has been done before. I tell our coaches and players to do what is absolutely necessary to win, whether it is firing them (players) up to get them going. I know we can win. I got to convey that message and see what happens."

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