Mike Babcock is entering ninth season as Red Wings coach. (David Guralnick / Detroit News)
Ted Kulfan, Gregg Krupa, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News predict how far the Wings will go this season.
Ted Kulfan: The move to the Eastern Conference won’t affect the Wings’ record much. They’ll win a lot of regular-season games, but will lose in the second round of the playoffs.
Gregg Krupa: With an improved offensive performance, the Red Wings will have a significantly better regular season and take one more step in the playoffs. The Wings best the Bruins to win the new Atlantic Division, but fall in the Eastern Conference finals.
John Niyo: The East will take some getting used to, and so will the new faces up front. I'd feel better picking the Wings to go all the way if they'd found a top-four defenseman this summer. Instead, I've got them second in their division and losing to the Penguins in the conference finals.
Bob Wojnowski: The Red Wings can ride Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Kronwall and Howard only so long before they need one of their youngsters to become an everyday star. The playoff streak continues, but the Red Wings lose in the second round to the Senators.